Mallee farmers looking forward to more rainBrett Worthington, Friday July 12, 2013 - 10:26 EST
Grain growers in the Mallee are buoyant at the prospects of a bumper crop.
Rain at the start of winter and ideal weather has helped crops establish throughout the Victorian and South Australian border region.
Grain grower Andrew Willsmore, from Underbool, in north-west Victoria, says his crop is on track for an above average season.
He says farmers have been applying fertilisers to their crops with more rain forecast for the weekend.
"Last year being pretty lean, we had a real tough one here, so costs were kept to a minimum," he said.
"There was not a lot of fertiliser thrown at it early on.
"But with the rain we've had and with the potential that it may be looking likely (to rain), there's certainly a lot of (sulphate of ammonia) going out and now urea is being thrown at it as well."
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
Tropical Cyclone Debbie has intensified to category four and is expected to hit the north Queensland coast on Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.
Engineers are frantically working to solve engine problems on the Royal Australian Navy's two largest ships, with fears the Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) could be out of action for several weeks.
As Tropical Cyclone Debbie strengthens off the coast near Townsville in north Queensland, residents are being warned to prepare for the worst storm to hit the state since Cyclone Yasi in 2011.