Impact on the region from days of wind and rain.
Impact on the region from days of wind and rain.

Chance rain could ‘drown’ young crops

VICTORIAN Hill grain grower and dairy farmer Chris Brown had a mixed response to the weekend deluge.

"We had had enough rain on Saturday," he said.

"But we certainly aren't in anywhere near as disastrous a situation as some of Queensland.

"We've measured about 80mm and it's a bit more than we needed on our corn and forage crops."

He said the heavy rainfall had the potential to "drown" crops, much of which was in its early stages.

To compound the problem much of the Browns' cultivation is on black soil creek flats bordering the now flooded Dalrymple Creek.

"My gut feeling is we could lose a bit crop on that country, depending on how much rain they have had up Goomburra way," Mr Brown said.

The family's immediate concern was being able to get milk out with road closures across the region.

"Production always falls when it's wet because, rather than being out eating, the cows stand out with their backs to the rain," he explained.

"As a result, milk production will fall temporarily."

The predicament for other dairy farmers across the region was more dire.

At Pilton the Ranger family measured more than 125mm on the weekend and, with power out, were yesterday struggling with milking.

Robyn Ranger said there was a very real possibility they'd be forced to dump 1000 litres of milk.



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