Widespread rain lifts emerging wheat crop

From The Land
WIDESPREAD rain over many parts of the Australian wheatbelt has helped to lift the emerging wheat crop for growers, especially in northern NSW and in the Wimmera in Victoria.

In Queensland, the rain has been moving east into parts of the southern wheatbelt from the slow-moving low hovering over Qld’s south-west pastoral areas since early this week.

In NSW, the same low has brought rain across western NSW and into the Riverina, a region which had missed out on good rain so far this year, finally receiving some handy falls.

Griffith, for instance, has had 32mm, including 25mm in one day – its highest rainfall in 18 months, WeatherZone reports.

In Victoria, falls of up to 25mm, especially in the Wimmera east of Horsham towards Warracknabeal this week, have come on top of one of the best starts to the season in more than 10 years, following up the good rain in many parts of the Victorian wheatbelt over the Anzac weekend.

In Tasmania, good rain has fallen over wide areas of previously dry Tasmanian broadacre farming country.

Falls of 25-50mm have been recorded over sheep, cattle and grain farming areas, with the heaviest rain on Thursday.

In SA, the rainfall this week has been more modest but still useful (up to 10mm) over most of the SA wheatbelt.

And in WA, falls of up to 10mm have stretched across most of the WA wheatbelt badly needing rain, reaching as far north as Geraldton and east to Esperance.

Heaviest falls, of up to 25mm, have been recorded in the south-west WA wheatbelt, also in the eastern WA wheatbelt around Esperance.

The attached Bureau of Meteorology rainfall map shows the extent of the rain in eastern Australia and in WA for the week ended 9am Friday.

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