Follow-up rain vital for EP crop potential

Follow-up rain vital for EP crop potential


Cattle National
HANGING ON: Last week, Derek Hebberman, Poochera, was almost ready to give up on the season, but good rain in the days since has improved his outlook.

HANGING ON: Last week, Derek Hebberman, Poochera, was almost ready to give up on the season, but good rain in the days since has improved his outlook.

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Crops on the Upper Eyre Peninsula were hanging on from rain to rain but, in the past week up to 40 millimetres was measured in some parts of the district and, it helped Pocchera graingrower Derek Haberman record his largest rainfall for the year.

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Crops on the Upper Eyre Peninsula were hanging on from rain to rain, but in the past week up to 55 millimetres has been measured in some parts of the district.

For Poochera graingrower Derek Hebberman it was his heaviest rain for the year.

Mr Hebberman crops 2600 hectares and received 35-55mm since Thursday last week, but he said the opening rains had arrived two months late. 

He said crops were “barely hanging in there” and were in desperate need of rain.

“When the wind storm came last week, the positive impact of our sowing technology such as press wheels and direct drilling really showed up,” Mr Hebberman said. 

“The dust and wind was horrendous, it was the worst I had seen in so many years. Our main fear was losing the cover and having the crop cut off but the crops survived.”

Mr Hebberman said he was not out of jail just yet because if follow-up rain did not arrive and the warm northerly wind came in its place, he could still experience one of his toughest seasons yet. 

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