Scott Crosby was one of those growers happy to see some much
needed rain today. (ABC: William
Many farmers in the Great Southern region of West Australia
have celebrated the arrival of season breaking rain today,
while others in the central Wheatbelt and Northern agricultural
areas still await their first decent rain since summer.
Nyabing farmer Scott Crosby, who has several properties spread
over 20km, was one of those very happy to see some much needed
rain after a patchy start to autumn.
“It’s been a hit and miss season,” he said.
“The southern properties received a fairly good drop about
three weeks ago … our northern properties didn’t receive any in
This time it was probably more general across our properties,
between 10 to 20 millimetres, depending where you were.”
Mr Crosby described this year’s season break as a long way from
“A traditional season break is 25mm over three or four days.
“We’re probably not in a traditional break but seeing as its
towards the end of May you’d probably say that it’s the break
of the season.”
Enough to create optimism
at Nyabing, is hoping for “good follow up rain”. (ABC: William Marwick)
Much of Southern WA had near record rain over the summer months
and Mr Crosby said that rain combined with this patchy break
was reason for some optimism.
“We’ve got great subsoil moisture.so hopefully this will link
it up and you know it’s a good start to the season.
“But obviously we are still looking for a good follow up rain
to cement this down.”
“You ‘ve got to be positive as a farmer otherwise you wouldn’t
be doing it.”
Northern ag area still waiting for break
For those in the more Northern agricultural areas, the rain has
been scarce since summer and according to the Bureau of
Meteorology the weekend might deliver some rain but not a total
that could constitute a break.
The BOM’s Neil Bennett said the classic season break was still
being frustratingly elusive.
“There hasn’t been a clear cut really good opening rainfall,
that nice soaking heavy rain through the northern agricultural
“I don’t think we’re going to see that [classic break] in the
immediate future seven-day period for the north and eastern
He said parts of the Great Southern could expect more rain this
“As with the system we’ve just had — and indeed for the system
that we’re expecting through later today and into early Sunday
morning — it doesn’t look like the Central Wheatbelt or the
Central West will see too much out of this, they’ll see falls
but it might just be in the region of two to five millimetres.”
However, he said a positive change in the weather pattern was
on its way.
“There is a little bit of activity as we move into the middle
part of next week, but it’s quite a weak front.
“That looks as if it’s going to work its way up again towards
the South West.— some lighter falls but essentially on stream
flow as we call it, which is westerly, so there is a sign now
that there’s a change in the pattern.”
farming south of Mullewa in Western Australia’s northern
cropping region, say rain in the next two to four weeks is
essential for their season. (ABC Rural: Jo