AS welcome as it was, the rain that has fallen in recent weeks has come too late to be of any real benefit to grain growers in the region.
Heavy downfalls and low temperatures across Mildura characterised the weather last week, bringing rainfall totals to in excess of 75mm since the beginning of the month.
Trentham Cliffs grain grower, Daniel Linklater, who is in the midst of harvesting, said that the recent rain “was not good at all”.
“We’re trying to harvest and this rain has brought a temporary halt to that,” he said.
“Up until Melbourne Cup day we had 110mm for the growing season, since then we have had 75mm in just over two weeks.”
Werrimull farmer Ian Arney’s (PICTURED) situation is similar but he said there maybe some marginal benefit for him.
“The rain may help some of my crop, but not much,” he said.
“Most of my crop has finished ripening. The rain will just be an expensive exercise in controlling weeds.
“If we have a lot more rain before we begin dealing with the weeds, we will be able to conserve some moisture for next year’s crops.”
At the time of speaking to the ‘Weekly last weekend, Mr Arney reported that his property had received 27mm in a week. That’s more than an inch in old money.