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Rain, rain, go away: farmers

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December 04, 2017

The floods have put a dampener on harvest time for farmers.

For cropping farmers across the Goulburn Valley, the rain that fell during the weekend was the last thing they wanted to see.

That is because they are in the middle of harvesting canola and wheat, with farmers having to wait for the paddocks to dry out before examining the full extent of the damage.

Murchison farmer Pat Deane, who saw 152mm fall at his property, said if more rain was to fall in the coming days he may have to wait until Christmas before he can get his machinery back on the paddock.

‘‘If it rains on Tuesday, like is forecast, it could be three weeks before we can get back on the paddock,’’ Mr Deane said.

That was also the concern of Longwood farmer Charlie Davey, whose crops are sitting in 25mm of water.

‘‘The next challenge will be getting headers and tractors out in the paddock. We will probably start getting bogged,’’ Mr Davey said.

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