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Lucky escape from rain pain

CROPPERS have dodged a bullet after heavy rain fell throughout the North East on Monday.
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But no one is getting too cocky just yet.

AGnVET Culcairn agronomist Sheree Hamson said on Tuesday at that stage it was hard to tell exactly what damage had been done.

“We got five millimetres during the day on Monday and about 20 to 25 millimetres that night,” she said. “In this district, most of the canola and barley has been harvested and we have just started to get into the wheat.

“The test weight of the wheat samples we had taken were surprisingly good, but I expect those might be a little bit down now, and so the yield will be less.”

Ms Hamson said she had not come across any “shredded” crop.

“I think a fair bit of the crop has been flattened, especially the taller breeds,” she said.

“But we have had a good drying wind and it is still harvestable.

“I’ve just got my fingers crossed we don’t get any more.”

E.G. Baker & Co director Andrew Russell said on Tuesday 25 millimetres of rain fell in the Rutherglen/Browns Plains district.

“It looked like it had the potential to do a lot of damage,” he said.

“But we were lucky, because it was not hot and humid and there was a good drying wind.

“A lot of the crop is still green, so we didn’t see any shredding but a fair bit of it was pushed down.

“We haven’t started the wheat harvest yet and I am still inspecting crops to see the extent of the damage.”

Dennis Tomlinson had 63 millimetres fall on his property over a four-hour period, but the torrential rain mostly fell on paddocks that had already been harvested.

“There’s been no real damage from what I can see,” he said.

“We’ve already harvested the canola and barley and have about 1200 hectares of wheat, with about 25 millimetres falling on that.

“It has slowed the harvest up, but it has also been windy and hopefully there has not been too much damage done.”

Mr Tomlinson said it was the luck of the draw when it came to crops being damaged by rain.

“It’s all a bit random,” he said.

“Sometimes you do (get lucky), sometimes you don’t.”

Another Border farmer has not got too far into his harvest.

“I am told they got 15 millimetres west of Rand, 35 at Howlong and 25 south of Urana,” he said.

“There has been no damage that I’ve heard of, although there might be a drop in quality.

“We’ve still got a quite a bit of canola and wheat to do and we’ve lost a bit of harvest time.

“But we have dodged a bullet.”

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