Light showers have provided much-needed moisture for crops after a dry June.
Most areas missed out on soaking rains they’d hoped for, but last week’s persistent showers amounted to the best rain since late May for many. The north-east enjoyed a general 20-30mm.
Totals were lighter through central Victoria, with areas around Bendigo and Charlton receiving 15-20mm for the week. The Wimmera recorded a general 15-20mm; Kaniva received an isolated 30mm. Rainfall totals were more patchy across the Mallee, ranging from 5-10mm, with isolated falls of up to 20mm. Crops have responded to the light falls but totals were disappointing.
Strong export demand continues to offer support for grain prices, with shippers still buying in against sales made before the seasonal outlook deteriorated.