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Parched pastoral regions soak up rain

Monday June 3, 2013 - 13:08 EST

The weekend rain has broken the drought in the northern pastoral regions of South Australia.

The first of the winter falls have come just in time for some farmers who are in the midst of seeding.

John Wilkinson from Kootaberra Station, north of Port Augusta, has received 22 millimetres of rain since Friday.

However, he says before this, it was the worst start to the season he has seen in his 46 years on the land.

"We wouldn't have been able to survive much longer," he said.

"We were virtually out of water and fortunately we can draw water off the Woomera pipeline at some expense but at least we can get that."

The weather bureau's latest seasonal outlook predicts a 60 per cent chance of the state exceeding the median rainfall figures during winter.

The rain comes as a welcome relief after one of the warmest autumns on record for the state.

Leonard Nutt from Edeowie Station, north of Hawker, says he has received 70mm of rain in the past four days.

"Hopefully it means some winter feed that we just haven't had for quite a number of years - 1995 was the last time we had anything like this," he said.

"Also hopefully it'll put some water back into a couple of wells that have been dry for most of this century anyway."


- ABC

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