Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Mallee farmers looking forward to more rain

Brett Worthington, Friday July 12, 2013 - 10:26 EST
ABC image
Grain growers are optimistic about this season's prospects - ABC

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

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

More than 90% of Australia to get rain

14:32 EST

This Mother's Day weekend will see Mother Nature spread totals of at least 20mm to half of Australia, along with some damaging winds.

El Nino ushers in Queensland's quietest cyclone season for 45 years

12:21 EST

Three named cyclones, none of which came within cooee of the coast ?? that's how will be remembered.