Grain farmers look hopefully to skies

MALLEE grain growers are becoming increasingly anxious as the dry start to 2018 continues.

Farmers have already begun dry sowing ahead of the traditional Anzac Day start to plantings across the Mallee and with little rainfall in the foreseeable outlook, they say the situation is fast becoming “concerning”.

Weekend wind squalls of almost 70km/h were yet another blow for Mallee landholders with valuable topsoil swept from prime growing areas south of Mildura.

Farmers have been caught between dry sowing in the hope of follow-up rainfall or waiting until rain arrives and sowing when the ground is both moist and still warm.

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