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Showers bring harvest to a halt

Olivia Garnett, Thursday November 28, 2013 - 16:33 EDT
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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

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