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Farmers lament dry times

The region is holding out for winter rain.

CASS SAVELLIS August 21, 2014 3:30am

Much-needed local rain did not eventuate at the weekend.

Instead, the highest temperature for Deni in August, 17.9°C, was recorded on Friday.

Despite gloomy skies clouding Deniliquin on Saturday, not a drop of rain hit the ground, leaving the total rainfall for August at a dry 1.6mm.

Temperatures remained between 14°C and 15°C on Saturday and Sunday and are expected to rise during the week, with a top of 19°C forecast for Friday.

Margaret Clancy, who owns the Conargo Shire property Killone Park with husband Bernard, said the false forecast was ‘‘very disappointing’’ for farmers.

‘‘It’s a concern among the agricultural sector,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re only a small scale operation — lucerne, cropping and grapes — it’s certainly very dry here.

‘‘We were away through all of July and there had been good rain before then.

‘‘Everybody was on a high because of the moisture; generally we look for follow up.’’

Elders agronomist Adam Dellwo said everyone is wanting rain sooner rather than later.

‘‘I’d say it’s pretty urgent. Those with irrigation water can irrigate, but the price of temporary water is quite high.

‘‘The dry-landers are going to have to keep looking to the sky and hope we get some rain soon.’’

Last month also went on record as one of the driest locally, with a total of 19mm.

Rainfall was significantly lower in comparison to this time last year, with a total of 40.6mm recorded in July 2013.

~ Cass Savellis

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