Riverina farmers welcome timely rain

HANDY rain throughout the region has been described as "just the tonic" to further establish a valuable season for landholders in the Riverina and southern NSW.

Jim Morgan of "Cooinda", Lockhart emptied 42mm out of the gauge and said it had come as a benefit for both crops as pastures.

He said the good falls, combined with demand for beef cattle had set things up well.

Mr Morgan sold 12-month old steers at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre recently for $2010, which was a pleasing result. "It has been a good year," he said.

The steers were finished on grazing wheat, which he said had "powered away" after being helped along by decent amounts of rain.

Interestingly the rain early in the year on his place was less. for May 10mm fell, then 37mm in June and 21mm in July.

"It was actually below average ... but this latest fall was good," he said.

To the north at Marrar, Garry Armstrong of "Armdale Park" measured 24mm.

"The crops are taking off," he said.

Just before the rain arrived he took sheep off the grazing crops so they could be grown out for harvest.

He said urea had been applied to crops and pastures just before the rain arrived too.

WEEKLY RAIN TOTALS:

  • Narrandera, 32mm
  • Culcairn, 27mm
  • Temora, 40mm
  • Cootamundra, 58mm
  • Coleambally, 34mm

Meanwhile, Glenn Trout of Kenmere Charolais Stud at Holbrook said 34mm fell.

"It has boosted pastures and grazing crops," he said.

Mr Trout also said urea had recently been applied to paddocks and the rain was an additional help.

"Things couldn't be better ... the stock are looking incredible," he said.

Alan Brown of "Browndale," at Borambola said the rain was certainly welcomed throughout the region.

His property received 24mm.

"It is magnificent, it came nice and slow and wouldn't create much runoff," he said.

"Give it a week to soak into the subsoil and it is just the tonic the district needs," he said.

The rain has also helped to keep the frosts away for the meantime which comes as a benefit for crops and pastures too.

A total of 35mm fell at Tony Clough's property, "Windermere", near Junee. He said the rain that fell early in the year was less than average.

"I believe we have started to catch up a bit now," he said.

"This rain is going to be beneficial to our pasture growth and the cropping program as well," he said.

Mr Clough said the main need was follow up rain in September and October.