Wimmera farmers welcome near perfect conditions

READY TO ROLL: Benedikt Fischer, Kane and Michael Sudholz get the air seeder ready at Michael Sudholz's Natimuk farm on Monday. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

READY TO ROLL: Benedikt Fischer, Kane and Michael Sudholz get the air seeder ready at Michael Sudholz's Natimuk farm on Monday. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

WIMMERA farmers are relishing near perfect conditions as they come towards the end of sowing season.

Donald farmer Harold Flett said he had finished cropping canola, wheat, barley and lentils for the year.

"Conditions have been ideal," he said.

"There's been nice moisture underneath the soil and lovely warm days to sit in the tractor and try not to fall asleep."

Mr Flett said he was not perturbed by the prospects of an El Nino weather pattern, which many meteorologists are predicting will happen later in the year.

"I'm not worried about the El Nino," Mr Flett said

"I'm just going to do what I've been doing for the past 50 years."

Rainbow farmer Don Fisher said he had not seen better weather conditions at this time of year.

"We had 30 millimetres of rain early last week as well as some thunderstorms, and a lot of people are finished cropping," he said.

"We've just had 10 millimetres most weeks and anything over four or five millimetres is good.

"If anything people are a bit worried about the warmth of the season but things grow so much quicker when it's not cold.

"As long as we can keep this then we're going to be ready for the El Nino."

Mr Fisher said it had been a good period for grain farmers in the Wimmera.

"We didn't get a lot of rain last year and then it all fell in the grain season," he said.

"This will be five good years in a row which is fairly uncommon."

Natimuk farmer Michael Sudholz is cropping canola, beans, wheat, barley and lentils.

"Things couldn't be better, it's just really ideal weather," he said.

"It's been perfect weather for us really - you couldn't get better conditions for cropping."

Mr Sudholz said rain during winter would keep the run of good farming conditions going.

"We're heading into that winter period now so some follow up rain would be good," he said.

"Some rain to put the chemicals in the ground would be great."

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