Friday, June 23, 2017

Soaked sunflower harvest sails on as rain events fill normally dry Goran Lake in NSW

Farmers on the Liverpool Plains are sailing through their sunflower harvest in more ways than one, after two major weather events earlier this year dumped a huge amount of rain over Goran Lake, near Spring Ridge.
Harvesting the sunflowers is like sailing
because of the amount of water in Goran Lake.
More often than not the lake is dry, but about 320 millimetres of rain in one week in March changed all that, posing some challenges for harvest.

"I've never ever seen a cloud burst like that and the damage that it did to earthworks and fences and the like is just unimaginable," Spring Ridge farmer Don Hubbard said.

"I've never seen such a localised intense storm as that here ever before.”

Initially Mr Hubbard thought his crop, planted on the lake bed, was a lost cause.

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