The Department of Primary Industry (DPI) says last month’s heavy rain across Victoria’s Wimmera-Mallee did not signify an early autumn break.
Most of the Wimmera-Mallee received between 15 and 25 millimetres of rain a fortnight ago and there has been speculation it may have been an early break, with rain forecast again this week.
But DPI soil and plant scientist Deanne Price says it is too early to tell.
“I think a lot of growers would be saying an inch on Anzac Day would be nice, and sub-soil moisture is quite variable as well,” she said.
“It’s pretty early to tell, but a little bit more rain would be helpful.”