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When it rains, it pours

Jaren plays in the water, after 94 millimetres (mm) of rain was recorded on his parent’s property at Kiacatoo. The Lachlan Shire received a drenching during a significant rain event, which began last Friday. There have been reports of falls from the high 60mm to well over 100mm across the region. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

When it rains, it really does pour across the Lachlan Shire.

The region received a drenching during a significant rain event, which began last Friday. There have been reports of falls from the high 60mm to well over 100mm across the Shire.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology Condobolin has recorded 85.2mm. There have been reports of 94mm at Kiacatoo and 110mm at Tullibigeal. Lake Cargelligo has seen a little less, with only 58.8mm in the gauge. West Wyalong scored 72mm, Cobar 40.2mm, Parkes 21.2mm, Forbes 53mm and Dubbo 53.8mm.

According to AGnVET Services Condobolin agronomist Olivia Wright, farmers will be looking for sunshine, which will enable them to get back onto paddocks to complete their sowing and spraying programs.

“Conditions were really quite favourable before this [the rain],” she said.

“I have heard of falls from anywhere between the high 60mm to over 100mm around the district.

“Many were starting to begin their in-crop spraying program, and the rain will slow that down. It [the in-crop spraying program] will be quite delayed now. Farmers will need good weather to enable them to get back onto paddocks to complete their programs.”

Ms Wright added that water-logging and germination issues may also be a concern for local landholders.

“With such significant rain, there are some paddocks that are under water, and could remain that way for some time,” she said.

“This means the seed can take on a lot of water quickly and burst. Water on the ground is not so much of a problem for established crops, but can affect those that are quite young, which is the category most crops within the Lachlan Shire fit into at the moment.

“There are some farmers who still have a bit of sowing to go. So the rain means it will take longer for them to get back onto their ground, which may lead to a less than ideal sowing window.

“If the area had around 25mm (one inch) instead of the three to four that some received, it would have been ideal. However, some farmers I know have had over 130mm in the last two weeks alone.

“There will be a lot of farmers hoping for sunshine from now on.”

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