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Warm and windy weather bad news for crops

Friday September 28, 2012 - 10:05 EST

Warm and windy spring weather in South Australia has been hitting some crop farmers whose properties are desperate for rain.

There are reports some farmers in the mid-north have given up on the season and put sheep or cattle into their crops so they can be used for feed.

Tom Shanahan said he was about a week away from doing that at his mid-north property.

"In one week the change is certainly pretty evident," he said.

"If we got a rain within a week we would certainly salvage something out of it, but every day we get like today with 31 degrees it's not all that great for grain growing."

While farmers in the state's north are desperate for rain and cursing warm weather, farmers in the south-east have been welcoming the sunshine.

Millicent farmer Duan Williams said that after a long, wet winter the warmer temperatures were helping speed up grain and stock feed growth.

"It's fantastic to see a bit of sunshine, " he said.

"Only in the last two or three weeks have we actually seen some sunshine and some growth."


- ABC

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