How is seeding's beginning looking at your place?

How is seeding's beginning looking at your place?


SEEDING decision time - do you stay or do you go? POLL


TRADITIONALLY in SA, Anzac Day acts as a marker for the unofficial start of seeding time.

There are lots of stories about the expected rain that comes at this time of year, creating the much-need break after a generally dry summer for most regions.

But despite the presence of La Nina in recent months, and a reasonable amount of rain at harvest time, the start of 2021 does not seem to have produced much by way of moisture for farmers across SA.

Hopes went up mid-way through April when a band of showers went across the state but this was hit and miss.

Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Naomi Benger said rainfall was tracking at below-average totals in April for most of SA's agricultural regions, except for the Lower South East.

This follows below-average falls in March on parts of the southern Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, although it was generally average elsewhere.

With SA a generally dry state, many farmers say they will take the risk and sow dry, while others have been left burnt by a number of drier years in recent history.

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