Autumn rainfall has created an excellent soil profile for northern Victorian grain and oilseed producers, but has not added much to irrigation storages.May 28, 2014 3:00am
Autumn rainfall has created an excellent soil profile for northern Victorian grain and oilseed producers, but has not added much to irrigation storages.
The Eildon storage has been declining since January.
Resource manager Mark Bailey said inflows in the past couple of months in northern Victoria had been low, particularly in the Goulburn system.
‘‘The total inflow into Eildon since the start of February to the end of April was about 40
In the week after the irrigation channel shutdown (on May 15), about 5
Dr Bailey said although there was widespread rainfall across northern Victorian in April which had reduced demand and provided some inflows to the storages, there had not been a significant impact on storage volumes.
‘‘Storages have not really started to recover at this point.’’
Eildon had risen by only 0.1 per cent in the seven days to last Friday.
Meanwhile, irrigation deliveries did not appear to be reacting to the warmer May weather.
The Pyramid-Boort district was about 50 per cent of the volume of last year.
Irrigation deliveries peaked in the second week of April.
Eildon is currently holding about 68 per cent of its capacity.
Goulburn-Murray Water is expecting next season’s allocations to reach 100 per cent by February next year in wet or dry conditions in the Goulburn and Murray systems.
The current Bureau of Meteorology rainfall outlook over the next three months does not favour wet or dry conditions.
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