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    IT’S COMING: Clouds gather over Rainbow just before the heavens opened, dumping rain across the region on Friday night. Picture: JOSH McPHEE

AgLife: One day at a time for harvest

Headers were halted in paddocks across the Wimmera, Mallee and Grampians as a storm passed through the region last week.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded up to 80 millimetres of rain in some areas since Friday morning.

Warracknabeal farmer Ross Johns said rain totals varied across the region, with the tally between 20 and 50 millimetres at his property.

“Some areas to the west of Rainbow were up to three inches and north of Nhill were up to five inches, which is the highest recording I heard,” he said.

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“It’s certainly going to slow us down a little bit in terms of harvesting, but as to the quality of the grain itself, we won’t know that until we get the harvesters back into the paddock.

“That could be some considerable time because there’s more rain forecast this week.”

Mr Johns said farmers would have to take the season one day at a time.

“I keep telling everyone who works in agriculture that even though the crops are very close and all nearly right to go, we just haven’t got them in the silo yet and anything can happen,” he said.

“Some warmer temperatures and wind would be excellent now.

“Unfortunately, with the weather conditions, we just take what comes. We can’t change it and we have to adapt our farming operations to the circumstances.”

Mr Johns said it was a good opportunity for farmers to have a break and ensure they were managing their fatigue during the busy season.

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The entire November 29, 2023 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!