TODAY marks the last day of what has been an unusually dry autumn for the district, however decent rainfall this month with further rain forecast for this weekend means things are looking positive for local farmers.
Until yesterday morning, a total of 65.4mm was recorded over the course of March, April and May in the rain gauge at the Cootamundra Airport.
This is well down on the 113.9mm generally received.
It was over the course of April that the district suffered in terms of lack of rainfall with less than 5mm in the gauge.
This was reflected in the fact Cootamundra Shire Council alone made 10 water deliveries for the month of April.
This month has been a better month in terms of the rain with roughly average rainfall received.
The airport gauge recorded 31.6mm for May until yesterday morning with the average being 35.6mm.
This dry autumn is dramatically different to what the district has experienced in recent years with 188mm over autumn last year, 130mm in 2011 and a massive 246mm in 2010.
You have to go back to 2008 when 74.8mm was recorded to see a similar pattern to this year and 2006 when only 29.4mm was measured over autumn was the last year drier than this year.
Further rain is predicted this weekend with about 20mm forecast, which according to Cootamundra’s Department of Primary Industries agronomist Phil Bowden is “perfect timing”.
Almost all of the canola is in across the district as well as a lot of early grazing wheats and for these crops, which are just emerging, Mr Bowden said a decent rainfall event is ideal.
With crops not using a lot of moisture at the moment, Mr Bowden said any rain received this weekend will add to the soil profile improving subsoil moisture.
District farmers will be back on the tractor with planting of most main season wheats expected to take place across most of next month.
AUTUMN FUN: posing in the autumn leaves is three-year-old Halle Johnson of Cootamundra. Halle is the adorable daughter of Nadia and Andrew Johnson. Photo: Melinda Chambers
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