Last-minute rain could carry crops to harvest

Lazarus-like comeback for Cowra's canola growers


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Gentle rains falls just outside of Orange on Wednesday morning. Scattered thunderstorms passed through the Central West this week.

Gentle rains falls just outside of Orange on Wednesday morning. Scattered thunderstorms passed through the Central West this week.

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WITH widespread rainfall across the state this week, as always, some areas have done better than others.

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WITH widespread rainfall across the state this week, as always, some areas have done better than others.

In the Central West things are certainly looking up.

The season outlook within the Cowra region is like a Lazarus turn-around, according to Elders Cowra agronomist, Peter Watt.

"Receiving 25 to 35 millimetres late last week a lot of farmers that were thinking about hay have at least delayed that decision and with more rain this week we now look like going through to grain on most crops," Mr Watt said.

"Some made the decision three or four weeks ago to make hay from winter crops and have cut and or baled or made silage already.

"But it looks more likely now that a lot of the crop will go through to grain."

Mr Watt said country around Canowindra, above the Belubula River, had seen a miraculous recovery.

"There is crop that I nearly wrote-off five weeks ago that will now make harvestable yields in canola and respectable yields in wheat," he said.

"DPI experts are delighted at just how much crop we have wrung out of a very dry sponge.

When you have people that may strip half-a-tonne or more canola at $630/t on farm and might strip half the wheat yield, but at double the price, people are starting to get a little bit excited."

Rain late last week accounted for the spike in precipitation figures with Ivanhoe recording 43.4mm for the month to date.

Orange to date has recorded 31mm with 24 mm of that falling last Thursday.

Wagga Wagga has missed out with only a monthly total of 12.4mm up to Wednesday.

Cobar gained 2mm on Tuesday adding to the 14.6mm last Thursday anf Friday to total 17mm for the month so far. Bourke sits on 11mm for the month and Walgett 19.mm with that falling last week.

Coonamble received 10.4mm from falls last Thursday and Saturday, some say due to the Rain Dance Ball that evening resulting in 2.4mm recorded.

Meanwhile Tamworth has only received 3.2mm so far for October and that falling last Thursday and Saturday.

Rain late last week tallied 21.2mm for Moree, the only rain in October. Cooma had 12mm in the last 24 hours to 9am Tuesday, Bega 22mm, and Nerriga 9.8mm.

In the Far West Nulla had 4.4mm, Burtundy Station 2.2mm and Pooncarie 0.8mm. In the north, Dorrigo has had 250mm since the middle of the year and 50mm since Thursday last week.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook is still grim, predicting October to December is likely to be drier than average for parts of eastern and southern Australia, specifically, parts of Queensland and southern and western NSW, eastern SA, Tasmania and Victoria.

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