Dry puts harvest estimate at 10 to 12 million tonnes

CARNAMAH farmer Peter Smith looks pensive as he checks Mace wheat plants struggling in drying soil.

Carnamah farmer Peter Smith inspects his wheat crop and remains hopeful of more rain in coming weeks.

Carnamah farmer Peter Smith inspects his wheat crop and remains hopeful of more rain in coming weeks.

But the day after this picture was taken, he recorded the best rain since February 14 with 12mm and 15mm on two properties and 5mm on another. 

“The rain has come in strips this year and you just had to be lucky,” he said. 

“Probably 50 per cent of our crop is up with the lighter soils okay and the heavier types struggling. 

“Our moisture profile is good and we just need a good soaking 10 to 15 mill to get things going.

“It has been very patchy in terms of crop emergence this year and some neighbours have crops running up while others are still waiting to get crop out of the ground,” Mr Smith said.

Spirits remain high on the Walkaway property of Dean Levitt (left), pictured here with his grandson Jack and son Tom in a patchy and wind-blown wheat crop.

Spirits remain high on the Walkaway property of Dean Levitt (left), pictured here with his grandson Jack and son Tom in a patchy and wind-blown wheat crop.

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