FARMERS in the Griffith area could face difficulty getting their crops to harvest after recent flooding.
Local farmer Michael Pfilzner said it has quite an impact on preparation for the harvest season.
“A lot of paddocks will be covered in water for the foreseeable future,” he said.
“There are also those paddocks that are on or surrounding hills that will continue to have water running across which will make it difficult to look after.”
The difficulty facing farmers also extends to getting the crops off the property.
“Getting trucks in and out of the paddocks will be a problem because the tracks are not ready” Mr Pfilzner said.
“Normal over the winter period farmers have their tracks graded so that it is easier for the trucks to get there but the weather has made that impossible to do.”
Mr Pfilzner is expecting his farm to encounter some difficulties even beyond harvest season.
“Some of my paddocks still have a lot of water in them and I am expecting that to remain the case until well into summer,” he said.
“Others that aren’t quite as wet might be harvest able but if it does rain again that will cause some issue because the crops can only process so much water.”
The forecast for the week is looking positive with little-to-no rain predicted to fall allowing the ground to dry out a little bit.
The water has also created issues for road in the Griffith Council area: Bringagee Road, Blackgate Road - at the intersection of Myall Park Road, Drew Road (at Mirrool Creek), Gum Creek Road (at Mirrool Creek), Halse Road (Yenda), Lake View Branch Canal Rd - road closed from Masonwells Road to New Farms Road, Millis Road (south of Hanwood), Murrumbidgee River Road, Nelson Road - from MR80 Kidman Way to Dickie Road, Rae Road, Rathbone Road and Shaw Road were all closed at the time of print.
Hillston is still expected to receive a major flood of three metres on Saturday, October 22 while the second flood peak for the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point reached a level of 7.2 metres on Wednesday, October 12.