Wimmera farmers welcome 'perfect' rain

WIMMERA farmers welcomed a break in the region's long dry spell on Tuesday, with more than 10 millimetres of rain falling in parts of the region.

Bureau of Meteorology figures show Longerenong received 10.2 millimetres by 4pm on Tuesday.

Horsham received 9.8mm, Stawell 7mm, Nhill 5.2mm and Edenhope 1mm.

Bureau duty forecaster Matthew Michael said there was more to come.

"The chance of the region receiving about 30 to 50 millimetres by Sunday is fairly likely," he said.

"The rain band is over the area at the moment, so there will be continuous rain for the next few days."

He said most of the rain would fall on Wednesday and Thursday.

Lah farmer Harold Flett said the rain was at an ideal time, ready for an ideal start to the season.

He said 12 to 13 millimetres fell on his property.

"It will grow all the weeds that we will need to kill," he said. "If it keeps going like this, we will be very happy."

Mr Flett said he was hoping to sow vetch first and the rain would help it germinate.

Glenlee farmer Nathan Albrecht said he was hoping for a minimum of an inch.

"Two inches would be perfect, so we can do some deep ripping," he said.

Beulah farmer Ross Williams said rain started at his property about 3pm yesterday.

"We've had very little rain for the whole season and we can't start cropping until we get some decent rain," he said.

He said two inches would be ideal.

Brimpaen farmer Luke Dunn received nine millimetres yesterday.

"I am very happy with that especially keeping in mind we are expecting another 20 to 30 millimetres over the next few days," he said.

Mr Dunn said he had already sowed about 300 acres of oats.

He said with the rain, the oats should spring out of the ground pretty quickly.

"It will give us a bit of stock feed for ewes as they return from agistment," he said.

"If we can get the rain forecast, particularly tomorrow, that should give us a good germination."

Sam Fechner of Dart Dart said she had been getting a bit nervous about the continuing dry.

"So it's such a relief to finally get this beautiful rain, 11mm and counting,'' she said.

"Now we can get on with our cropping program for R2014 with renewed optimism.

"Hopefully the fire-affected farmers south of Horsham are getting this rain too so that their feed gets going early.''

The first three months of this year recorded 35.8mm at Longerenong, half the long-term average.

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