Rain brings hope to Wheatbelt farmersFriday August 30, 2013 - 12:08 EST
The president of a Wheatbelt shire says rain has brought hope to a farming region which has been genuinely struggling.
Crops and feed for stock has dried out in recent months in parts of the Yilgarn Shire, which stretches across the eastern Wheatbelt.
However, shire president Romolo Patroni says this week the shire has received one the best downpours of the season.
The Marvel Loch farmer says eastern and northern parts of the shire are still struggling and some crops have already died.
But he says for now, the rain has lifted spirits.
"So if we can go into September with at least some moisture in the ground, there's some hope," he said.
Mr Patroni says significant follow-up rain is needed to improve yields across the region.
© ABC 2013
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