Rain aids WA farmers but too late for some


Rain across the southern part of Western Australia has helped some farmers with their harvest but for others the downpour has come too late.

Almost 60 millimetres of rain fell in some areas on Wednesday and Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Megan Colangelo told AAP more was expected over the next couple of days.

She said Perth rainfall in winter so far was above average with 321 millimetres. The average winter total is 473.5 millimetres.

During the dry start to the season in June, some farmers were predicting a billion-dollar loss to the grain industry.

But the recent wet has provided some relief and WA Farmers president Tony York says there is likely to be a reasonable crop this year.

"In the South West bottom two-thirds ... farmers have really had their season transformed in the last four or five weeks," he told AAP on Thursday.

"Most of them have had a good July and generally good rain in August.

"So things have improved dramatically for those two-thirds of the South West."

Mr York said at his own farm in Tammin, east of Perth, there was recently rainfall of 40 millimetres.

But Mr York said the downpour had come too late for some farmers in the top third of the South West area.

"It's too late for them to expect to get a good crop," he said.

Mr York said some farmers had not sown any crops, so the rain was useless for them, but for those who did, they would get some grains this year.

"It's not going to be a complete disaster ... but it will be below average," he said.

"It's still a significant reduction on last year."

Mr York said feed was a big issue for sheep and cattle farmers but the rain would hopefully take some pressure off.

He added that some parts of the South West, such and Busselton and Margaret River, had recently experienced especially heavy rain.

"It shows how patchy and variable the season can be," he said.