When it rains, it definitely pours

Waterlogged paddocks a reason for reduced yields

Anthony Cini

WILD WEATHER FOR EUROA AND DISTRICT: A minor flood warning was issued last week for the Seven Creeks at Euroa, after a large amount of rainfall hit the area throughout the week. PHOTO: Anthony Cini

A WET autumn and steady rain throughout winter has meant that a large proportion of farmers in the Strathbogie Shire region had their yields slashed by half.

The areas most affected are the low-lying regions north-west of Euroa towards Shepparton.

Crop and sheep farmer Tim Harris said it was the wettest year the region had seen in about 15 to 20 years.

“But that’s to be expected sometimes. We live in a region with a rainfall of 650mm per year. It just so happens that this year we got all of that,” Mr Harris said.

“I wasn’t even able to access the paddocks to prepare them for planting. But that might not be such a bad outcome because if I had planted the seeds they would have drowned anyway.”
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Mr Harris said as a result of the heavy rains he already knows what his income for this year will be and is looking towards next year.

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