Farmers hoping for more rain to secure the winter crop

SEASONAL OUTLOOK: Garry Armstrong of Marrar is hoping for more rain.
SEASONAL OUTLOOK: Garry Armstrong of Marrar is hoping for more rain.

It's concerning that it is a bit dry ... we need rain to get the crops germinated.

Garry Armstrong

ALL eyes were on the rain radar this week with landholders hoping to see some more in the gauge to secure the winter crop sowing.

However, it was largely hit and miss in the Riverina earlier in the week and many farmers said the storm had headed east.

South east of Tarcutta there was a good fall of 28mm, but many other parts only recorded negligible amounts up to 5mm.

Gundagai recorded 22mm on Tuesday and at Marrar just 5mm fell.

Garry Armstrong at "Armdale Park", Marrar was hoping for at least 10mm.

"It was a bit disappointing," he said.

With about 80 per cent of the winter crop planted on the Marrar property he was wanting the crops to germinate.

"It's concerning that it is a bit dry, we have good subsoil moisture but we need rain to get the crops germinated," he said.

Meanwhile, plague mouse numbers were causing issues as well. "We will probably bait a couple of paddocks in the coming days," he said.

NSW Farmers Wagga and district branch chairman, Alan Brown said the rain, everyone had been hoping for, didn't quite come to fruition in this area.

"The storms have come in east, and you were lucky if you are under it," he said.

Mr Brown said there was still moisture in the soil further down in the profile. This was the result of good rain earlier in the season.

However, follow up falls were needed now on to help secure the outlook for winter crops.

He said it wasn't too late to see a reprieve, but it was disappointing the rain didn't cover a wider area this week.

"This is the concern when you have an earlier break ... sometimes you have to pay for it later," he said.

Mr Brown said mouse pressure was still at nuisance levels.