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‘Wet drought’ affects lucerne crops in south-east SA

'Wet drought' affects Lucerne crops in SA's south-east
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Lucerne growers around Frances and Kybybolite in south-east South Australia say they’re suffering through a ‘wet drought’.

As the name suggests, that’s when grain growers have too much rain, and in this case roughly 5 per cent of crops in the area have been lost to water damage.

Lucerne farmer Mark Ketcher says it has set him back about a year on some parts of his property.

“We would have been hoping for 600 to 700 kilos clean off that 22 hectares this coming summer, but realistically we’re going to be back to 300 kilos, being a seedling crop where we were this time last year.”