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Rain and hail damages record grain crops in West Australian wheatbelt



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Unseasonal storms have dumped rain and hail, damaging ripe grain crops  in Western Australia.

Farmers throughout the wheatbelt had simply begun harvesting what was anticipated to be one other near-record grain crop, however most harvesters have now stopped attributable to widespread moist climate. 

The WA grain crop is predicted to be 23 million tonnes, on par with final 12 months’s record-breaking season. 

Close to Cadoux, 200 kilometres north-east of Perth, Shaun Kalajzic watched a giant black cloud dump 50 millimetres of rain in an hour on his mother and father’ neighbouring property on Saturday. 

“It appeared very darkish and there was simply no wind. It was mainly simply sitting in a single place and simply let unfastened,” he mentioned. 

“We do get our normal harvest storms, however nothing to that depth in a really very long time so far as I can bear in mind.” 

Ripe wheat with a pile of hail in it
Wheat crops throughout the wheatbelt have been impacted by hail.(Provided: Shaun Kalajzic)

Mr Kalajzic mentioned 400 hectares of canola, which was anticipated to yield at about 2 tonnes per hectare, had misplaced about 20 to 30 per cent of yield potential attributable to hail injury.

“It was most likely a few week off harvesting, and one among our greatest canola crops that we have ever had, however this has now taken a number of the shine off the highest, however that’s what your insurance coverage is for,” he mentioned. 

“We contemplate ourselves fortunate as a result of our neighbour did not fare as effectively, as [their crop] was ripe and able to harvest, and that is mainly a wipe out.”

The grower mentioned household had additionally had wheat crops impacted by the climate, dropping 10 to 30 per cent of potential yield, however the crop had been considerably protected because it was nonetheless barely inexperienced. 

Rain effectively above common

About 720 kilometres south-east of Perth, Mic Fels, who farms close to Esperance, mentioned his common rain for October was normally 36mm, however this 12 months he had tipped 82mm from the gauge this month. 

“The primary half of October we had been nonetheless gratefully watching it fill our crops, however now our canola is prepared, barley is all however prepared and the wheat is quickly dropping its inexperienced, so it is not likely contributing to yield now, it is most likely heading in the other way,” Mr Fels mentioned. 

The front of a four-wheel drive looking out over a wet and muddy paddock.
Heavy rains have stopped harvest and created grain high quality issues for farmers.(Provided: Shaun Kalajzic)

“By the central wheatbelt they’ve the F phrase, down on the south coast now we have the S phrase which is S for sprouting.”