Rain on Sunday did little to help farmers

WHILE drivers in Sunday’s Bathurst 1000 were praying for the rain to stop, farmers were wishing more would fall.

DRY CONDITIONS: Bathurst farmer Jeff McSpedden said that Sunday's rain wasn't enough to make a difference for farmers, who are at a critical point with their crops. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 100917cdry1a

DRY CONDITIONS: Bathurst farmer Jeff McSpedden said that Sunday's rain wasn't enough to make a difference for farmers, who are at a critical point with their crops. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 100917cdry1a

Weatherzone records show that Bathurst received just five millimetres of rain on Sunday, but this figure could have been higher or lower depending on the location. 

Farmer Jeff McSpedden said his property at The Lagoon had around 4mm of rain that day, doing little to relieve the pressure farmers are feeling after a dry winter. 

“It just gave people hope, not much else,” he said. 

Mr McSpedden said farmers were reaching the critical time for them to finish their crops and were in desperate need for more rain, particularly over the next two weeks. 

Ideally, they would need more than 30mm to fall.

“We just need a good soak,” Mr McSpedden said. 

Weatherzone has forecast more rain for Bathurst on Wednesday, expecting the city will receive between five and 10mm. 

There is a chance of rain later in the week, but the predicted fall is less than 1mm.