NOTHING MAJOR: Norco Grafton agronomist Trent Stainlay in a crop of soya beans. Photo: JoJo Newby
NOTHING MAJOR: Norco Grafton agronomist Trent Stainlay in a crop of soya beans. Photo: JoJo Newby

Rain helps winter crops but hinders soy harvest

PATCHY rain over the past week brought some mixed news for our farmers.

Those looking to harvest soya beans were hoping for more dry conditions but those who had planted winter crops were thankful for the falls.

Some areas tipped up to 75mm out of their gauges, while other properties at the upper end of the Valley recorded about 15mm.

Norco Grafton agronomist Trent Stainlay said the rain didn't cause any major damage to any crops.

"Most soya beans are just coming ripe enough, so it caused a few small issues but nothing major," he said.

"This last lot of rain will keep the summer pastures ticking along and finish it off before winter."

Mr Stainlay said the moisture would definitely help farmers who had recently finished their winter plantings, with many opting for either ryegrass or oats.

"Some people would have liked more rain, while others would have liked less ... it's just the way it goes," he said.

Mr Stainlay said soya beans for the crushing market were meeting a stronger price compared to last year.

"People's crops may be a bit down after the dry summer but hopefully these prices will continue to hold and will help them out."

APRIL 2014 WEATHER

  •  Quite heavy rainfall early on, followed by a dry spell.
  •  A passing cold front will bring some falls to the Clarence Valley later this week.
  •  Average temperature of 16.4°C.
  •  Total of 50.9mm of rain in Grafton so far.
  •  Long-term average rainfall for Grafton in April is 88.9mm.


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