Heavy downpour the best yet

A downpour during the Anzac Day weekend has kicked off the grain season.
A downpour during the Anzac Day weekend has kicked off the grain season.

Graingrowers across WA have had a fantastic start to the season, with between 30 and 50 millimetres recorded over the Anzac Day weekend.

‘It was a classic Anzac Day rainfall,’ Mr Boyle said.

He said he started seeding about 600 ha of canola the week before the rain and would wait until mid-May to plant his wheat and barley crops.

‘Now the weeds will crop up and we can knock them down with weedkiller. We have to wait to plant the wheat and barley until May because you can’t get rid of weeds from wheat and barley.’

Mr Boyle said they received 50 millimetres of rain, which would mean an excellent start to the season.

He said all eyes are on the grain price at the moment, with turmoil in Russia forcing prices up.

‘It’s going to be a rip snorter. We are hoping for another season like last year but with less of the stress,’ he said.

‘All the factors are combining for a great season.

‘The opening rain last weekend was the best I’ve seen in my lifetime.’