More rain is needed

By Southern Riverina News

The Southern Riverina region needs at least ‘‘another two to three inches of rain’’ to help finish off winter crops and get a good head start for spring, according to Elders Finley agronomist Stacey Doolan.

Rain received in June so far totals between 14mm and 49mm across the Southern Riverina region according to the Bureau of Meteorology, which includes Deniliquin, Mulwala and Coleambally.

Mrs Doolan said while more is needed, what was delivered in June was ‘‘quite timely’’.

‘‘Our wheat, oats and barely are looking magnificent,’’ she said.

‘‘The rain brought a bit of canola that hasn’t been irrigated out of the ground, which is late.

‘‘It’s been enough to get us through for the next three weeks without rainfall.

‘‘If we get two inches, the rain will cut out in September and that will set us up to irrigate and finish the crops.

‘‘If we don’t it will be a tight end to winter for dryland crops, but with irrigation we’re going to be able to finish crops if we do have a reasonable July and August.

‘‘It’s all going to come down to our temperatures and evaporation in spring.

‘‘Worse case scenario would be if we don’t get the rain and then a hot spring, which would mean we may not get the headers out of the shed.’’