Summer rain produces moisture reserves

ALL regions across the grain growing area of Western Australia have received average or above average January to March rainfall based on records dating back 120 years, with the widespread summer rain resulting in most regions starting off the growing season with subsoil moisture reserves. The summer rain had brought the hope of a good season to growers and with forecast rain from Cyclone Seroja falling over the weekend, WA could well be looking at one of the best early starts for the State since 2005. According to the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia’s (GIWA) April Crop Report, Cyclone Seroja delivered heavy rain to the northern half of the grainbelt at a time of year when cold fronts that usually just lick the south of the State, deliver little rain to the area. “Once the current tropical activity drops away, the next few months are predicted to drop back to a neutral outlook for rain, which means there is no strong signal as to what will happen,” said crop report author Michael Lamond.

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