Esperance port zone in need of rain

Let it rain: According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the region’s monthly rainfall was 44 per cent below average. Photo: Supplied.
Let it rain: According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the region’s monthly rainfall was 44 per cent below average. Photo: Supplied.

The Esperance zone would need decent rainfall in the coming month to have any chance of returning average grain yields, according to the state’s Grain Industry Association.

Rainfall throughout the month of May was very low to nil, with around 80 per cent of the cereal paddocks up with emergence generally slow and variable as a result.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the region’s monthly rainfall was 44 per cent below average.

Furrow fill and wind blast has damaged crops although most are expected to recover well enough with coming rainfall without the need to re-sow.

Paddocks across the zone have suffered from wind blow, with the worst areas being re-sown to barley.

Coastal areas across the zone are still being sown into moisture with cereals, expected to emerge without rain.

Current estimates indicate the canola area could be down by 15 per cent and be replaced by barley and wheat.

Depending on the rainfall over the coming month, the total area to pulse crops, particularly lentils, is expected to increase.

The report stated that it was too early to estimate the zone’s likely production but said it would be down on the record deliveries in 2017.