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Mallee grain growers celebrating the rain

Brett Worthington, Wednesday June 12, 2013 - 14:45 EST
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The typically dry north-west Victoria has been drenched in recent weeks and there could be more rain on the way. - ABC

Grain growers in north-west Victoria can't stop smiling.

The typically dry region has been drenched in recent weeks and there could be more rain on the way.

Swan Hill received more than 32mm between 9am Tuesday an 7am Wednesday, 5.8mm in Mildura, 12mm in Renmark and 30mm at Pinaroo in the South Australian Mallee.

Agrivision senior agronomist Rob Sonogan, from Swan Hill, says the rain is soaking deep into the soil.

"At Werrimull... there is a probe that is showing that the moisture they have there is now down to nearly 70cm," he said.

"One at Speed is down to about 30cm... (the rain has) really got down to the profile and some profiles are nearly fully charged."

The rain has grain growers in the Mallee predicting an above-average season.

Yesterday evening, Robin Schaeffer from Loxton, in the Riverland, had 23.5mm in his gauge since 9am.

He says yesterday's rain brings the season total for his farm to close to half of the region's average rainfall.

"We had a long dry spell, the soils were very, very dry and the early-sown crops were struggling somewhat but it is certainly giving us a lot more confidence," Mr Schaeffer said.


© ABC 2013

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