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Smiles across the state as more than 100 millimetres fall in parts of South Australia

Caroline Winter, Friday April 17, 2015 - 15:12 EST
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More than 120 millimetres has fallen at Quorn in the Flinders Ranges. - ABC

Rain has fallen across many parts of South Australia giving farmers a confidence boost ahead of the start of the growing season

It has been a very welcome site after rainfall on Easter Monday and January's massive deluge.

The rain has arrived right in time for the grain season which is just getting started.

Jules Baillie has mixed farming property north-west of Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula.

He received more than 50 millimetres but was not quite ready for it.

"It's given us a great deal of confidence as much as anything going into the new season." he said.

"It's very wet which has caught me out on a few aspects, it caught me probably a week short of being organised, a number of paddocks still to burn.

"I've got a truck and trailer full of fertiliser which I never quite got in the shed before it started raining, so that's a bit of soup at the moment."

North of Booleroo Centre in the mid-north, Ross McCullum grows wheat, barley and runs sheep.

He received 50 millimetres there, and 80 millimetres at his other property at Orroroo in the Flinders Ranges.

He said it is the perfect start to the season and is aiming to sow his wheat around Anzac Day.

"Tremendous to set it up, hopefully there's still moisture down there from January," he said.

"I had a dig with a shovel this morning and I went down to full post to the blade of the shovel and it was wet all that way, so it'll certainly give us a kick start.

Some of the highest totals were at Quorn in the Flinders Ranges, with some farmers reporting 120 millimetres.

Totals of between 10 millimetres and 40 millimetres were recorded across parts of the Fleurieu and Yorke Peninsulas.

But not everyone was as fortunate.

Many in the south-east missed out, as did those in the far north-west.

Donna Clarke at Allendale Station watched as the clouds rolled by, but didn't receive a drop.

"It developed and built up over the top of us, but precipitated to the east of us, we didn't receive any rainfall at all," she said.

"Very similar to January, where anything west of the Oodnadatta Track within our Marla-Oodnadatta district received very little rain if at all.

"We're now looking to the skies and looking for some more rain."


© ABC 2015

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