Widespread rains over Kangaroo Island at the weekend have signalled a break in the season for graziers and crop growers.
Most areas have now received their average April falls and the way the rain fell, gently over along period has been seen as particularly beneficial, with the ground temperature still warm enough to encourage grass to sprout in the next few weeks as graziers continue to feed stock.
About 30mm or more of rain was recorded in all the major recording centre, with Cape Willoughby falling just short at 27mm and Cape Borda recording 51mm over Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Parndana’s new CFS weather station recorded 44mm, Kingscote Airport 30mm and American River 35mm over the three days.
Grazier and cropper Rodney Bell of Cygnet River said the rain was “fantastic timing”.
“If I could order rain like that every year a week before ANZAC Day I would.
“It is optimum for cropping. We’ll be sowing canola in a week and I think we’ve got ahead of the snails and slugs.
“And graziers will get a good feed up before the winter months. It takes the pressure off,” Mr Bell said.