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Rain in the past fortnight has Jim Franklin-McEvoy a lot more confident about sowing hay at Woodside next week.

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HAY AWAY: Woodside farmer Jim Franklin-McEvoy checking the rain gauge after 13.5mm fell at his property on Tuesday, and a further 28mm last week. He plans to get on with sowing hay once the sun comes out.

HAY AWAY: Woodside farmer Jim Franklin-McEvoy checking the rain gauge after 13.5mm fell at his property on Tuesday, and a further 28mm last week. He plans to get on with sowing hay once the sun comes out.

AFTER 28 millimetres of rain last week and a further 13.5mm on Tuesday, Jim Franklin-McEvoy is a lot more confident about his plans to sow hay at Woodside next week.

"The rain is most welcome," he said. "We were getting very tight on feed.

"This will hopefully get pastures going, once it warms back up."

Jim runs 80 head of alpacas at Woodside, and sharefarms 160 hectares of cropping country in the Rockleigh/Tepko area.

"Our cropping country really wasn't faring well, it only had half (150mm) its annual rainfall last year and only had 20mm this year (up until Monday)," he said.

"Local Tepko rainfall records go back to the 1880s and 2018 was one of the driest ever."

Jim said they plan to still put in their regular cropping program, but questions whether canola will be swapped out for "something safer".

"We are still holding off on seeding - waiting for the weeds to come up," he said.

"Hopefully this week's rain really gets the process going."

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