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Rain could boost crop yields

Robyn Herron, Tuesday October 2, 2012 - 06:13 EST

The Department of Primary Industries says rainfall across the central west has provided some relief for farmers.

The highest falls recorded around the region were 65 millimetres at Cadia near Orange, 50 mills at Nashdale and 40 at Running Stream.

Wellington based DPI Agronomist Greg Brook says there was less rain however further west with Dubbo receiving 25 millimetres and Nyngan 16 and a half mills.

However, he says most areas have good sub-soil moisture from last summer and the small amount of rain will still benefit cereal crops that have started flowering.

"Even at this late stage they can still produce some extra yields with that rain," he said.

"Ideally, 40 to 50 mills would have been fantastic but, an inch is pretty good."

He says it could help to improve yields.

"A rainfall, any rainfall at all around flowering and early grain fill is very very handy.

"Even though those falls are only small they'll still contribute significantly to grain fill."


© ABC 2012

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