Hats off to good follow-up rain

Rain helps restore confidence


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RAIN has given a confidence boost to Mid North farmer Dane Sommerville, Andrews, who received between 30 millimetres to 50mm across his property in the past week.

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PERFECT TIMING: Dane Sommerville, Andrews, said the latest falls would help boost the crop along, after receiving minimal rain since April.

PERFECT TIMING: Dane Sommerville, Andrews, said the latest falls would help boost the crop along, after receiving minimal rain since April.

RAIN has given a confidence boost to Mid North farmer Dane Sommerville, Andrews, who received between 30 millimetres to 50mm across his property in the past week.

“This has been the first decent rain since the break of the season,” he said. “This should join up the subsoil moisture which has just been holding on.”

Mr Sommerville said they had received rain in late April, which enabled them to start sowing, with sporadic falls since.

“June was probably the driest we’ve seen it for a long time,” he said. 

Ground Up Agronomy’s Michelle Bammann, Clare, said there was “timely” falls of between 20-40mm across the Mid North.

“After we had the ‘false opening', this is definitely the biggest rain we’ve had for growing season,” she said.

“It will definitely help our yields.”

Ms Bammann said the dry season meant farm inputs had been down this season.

“This will give a little bit of confidence, but I don’t think people will go too heavy,” she said.

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