Farmers hope for warm weather

POURING: Heavy rainfall on Thursday morning saw Port Lincoln's streets under water.
POURING: Heavy rainfall on Thursday morning saw Port Lincoln's streets under water.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula saw less rain than expected last week, with farmers once again waiting on warmer weather to dry out their crops.

On Thursday and Friday the region received between 10 millimetres and 25mm of rain, with the Port Lincoln Airport recording 10mm of rain over the two days, much less than the expected 20mm to 40mm over the two days.

Liverpool Street was flooded early on Thursday morning as the weather front passed north easterly over Port Lincoln toward Cleve and Whyalla.

Yeelanna farmer Eldo Glover said his farm had some of the highest rainfall around the region, receiving 18mm.

​“I had some of the highest rainfall around – some other farmers in the area had between 10mm and 14mm of rain,” Mr Glover said.

Carrs’ Seeds agronomist Denis Pedler said rainfall during harvest was never welcomed but many farmers were happy with the amount of rainfall compared to the forecast.

“We didn’t reach anything near what we were predicting,” Mr Pedler said.

He said farmers would not know the extent of the damage until they began harvesting.

Carrs’ Seeds agronomist Tom Nelligan said farmers were hoping for warm, sunny and breezy weather this week to dry out their crops.

“If we get sunny weather farmers will be able to start harvesting their crops mid week,” Mr Nelligan said.