Hopes rise for local farmers as rain falls

UP to 120mm of rain fell across the region in the seven days up until last Friday, fuelling farmers’ hopes for crops.

UP to 120mm of rain fell across the region in the seven days up until last Friday, fuelling farmers’ hopes for crops and the summer ahead.

With the forecast of another 10 to 20 mm today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, rainfall tallies are expected to exceed the entire month of November last year after just 11 days.

Myrtleford led last week’s tallies with almost 120mm, including 63mm on the last day of October.

That downpour alone exceeded the rainfall total for September and the rest of that month.

Smoko berry grower Rocky Russo said the 80-90mm his plants had received in the past three weeks had come at the right time after the extended dry spell had forced him to water in September for the first time in 30 years.

“We needed it badly, it’s kicked everything along really nicely and freshened everything up,” he said.

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