Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Showers bring harvest to a halt

Olivia Garnett, Thursday November 28, 2013 - 16:33 EDT
ABC image
Rain has held up harvest for some grain farmers along WA's south coast. - ABC

When you‚??re taking off one of the better grain crops you‚??ve grown, the last thing you need is rain.

Greg Kenney tipped out 20 millimetres his property yesterday, 30 kilometres north-west of Salmon Gums. 

He put in 4500 acres this year, mostly wheat and a little bit of barley, and he‚??s about a quarter through harvest.

While it‚??s held him up for a few days, he says the rain shouldn't cause too many dramas.

‚??It was consistent, with a fair amount of rain.

‚??If we don‚??t get any more rain, and there is a bit predicted, I reckon we‚??ll be back into it by Sunday or Monday.‚??

He says the drying winds from the north-east are in his favour.

‚??Things should dry up quicker than they normally do.‚??

Greg has been cropping for 26 years and he says it‚??s the best crop he's had in the last seven.

He‚??s hoping to average about 1.8 tonnes to the hectare, and more importantly he expects to be finished by Christmas so he can spend time with the family.

‚??We all look forward to that, we‚??ll actually have some money for a change which will be the best thing.‚??


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone Debbie: Northern NSW residents urged to evacuate as south-east QLD braces for more severe weather

23:10 EDT

Northern NSW residents have been ordered to evacuate ahead of "unprecedented" flooding in the region, and south-east Queensland is hit by severe weather expected to worsen overnight, as ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie continues along the east coast.

Brisbane weather: Conditions may worsen for south-east Queensland overnight, BOM says

23:09 EDT

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie's reign is not yet over, authorities say, with warnings severe weather may worsen for south-east Queensland overnight.

Cyclone Debbie: Whitsundays residents told to boil water due to potential health risks

22:55 EDT

Residents in the Whitsundays in central Queensland have been urged not to drink tap water for the next few days due to health risks.