THE DELUGE has wrought havoc at Lockhart, in the Riverina, wherelocals are copping losses from sodden soil.

Karla Whittaker, an agronomist at Agn Vet, Boree Creek, said some areas were contemplating as much as a 25 per cent crop loss because of continued wet conditions.

​”Some areas have been pretty hard hit while others are quite okay and will recover with some sunshine and warm conditions,” she said.

Some areas have been pretty hard hit and others are quite okay and will recover with some sunshine and warm conditions.- Karla Whittaker

This year’s cropwould live up to last year’s, she said.

“Last year we harvested about 3.5 tonnes of wheat per hectare, four tonnes of barley and about two tonnes of canola.”

On Tuesday Ms Whittakerlooked skywards and hoped an approaching front would slip by to the south, sparing the regiona more rain.

Crops that had made it through were starting to drawmoisture whichwould help dry out topsoil, she said.

Urea inputs had been increased this year, with wet conditions forcing aerial applications of both urea, herbicides and now fungicides.

“The last two months there has been pretty much constant spraying by plane.

“But anything that has been sprayed by air has done really well.”

Next on the agenda, in the next seven days, would be spraying Prosaro onto Canola.She said ironically anything that had been planted in its “ideal window” was probably struggling a bit, whereas early plantings were doingwell.

Sandy Day, who farms about 2500 hectareseight kilometres north of Lockhart on “Quamby”, said the wet seasonhad thrown up just as many problems as a dryyear, but because there would be profit it was more palatable to spend money on easing potential problems.

“Really it’s been raining for about three months and slowly filling our profile.

“It’s a season that I haven’t seen before in my relatively short experience,” he said.

“Everything is full, all the little creeks have water in them and now any rain just pushes it further out into low country.

“I guess it’s got to a point where it could slow up a little bit.

“I think people, while all having experienced a bit of crop loss, are all reasonably happy, but it’s amazing, with a bit of warm weather and the longerdays, we’ll be looking for rain in two to three weeks time.”

SHINING: After months of heavy rains the sun has been shining this week providing some welcome relief for Riverina farmers.

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