Thursday, June 1, 2017

WA farmers concerned low rainfall could wipe $1b off grain harvest

A lack of rain during autumn is threatening to wipe more than $1 billion off this season's grain harvest, farmers have said.
York farmer Rhys Turton says his property
has been seeded, but will fail without rain.
Perth has had its lowest autumn rainfall in eight years, and the South West land division its driest in 11 years.
Only 94.4 millimetres of rain has fallen this autumn, well short of its average of 180mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology said some agricultural areas between Perth and Geraldton had received only 20 per cent of their average rainfall.

WA Farmers president Tony York said it was a desperate situation.


Read Graeme Powell’s story on ABC News - “WA farmers concerned low rainfall could wipe $1b off grain harvest.”

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