What forecasters labelled WA’s first widespread cold front of the cool season delivered a mixed bag of rainfall totals this week, but those seeding are hoping for more. At the time of print on Tuesday, a deep low-pressure system was approaching the south-west corner of the State and residents were being urged to prepare for strong winds that could reach 125km/h. Capel received the lion’s share on Monday, at 52mm, with nearby South West towns recording lower falls of 17mm at Dardanup, 8mm at Nannup, and 7.8mm at Manjimup. WA’s dairy farming areas received falls of up to 13mm near Harvey and Waroona on Monday, while just 5mm was recorded at Scott River and Northcliffe. It wasn’t the South West that recorded the most this time, with falls of between 10mm and 23mm at Bindoon (17mm), Wickepin (10.3mm), Nyabing (17.2mm), Newdegate (11.3mm), Magenta (14mm), Katanning (10.8mm), and Kulin (17mm). The front had failed to reach some areas, with no rain recorded across an inland strip from Yuna to Boyatup, east of Esperance. West River farmers Mark and Elaine Mudie happily tipped out between 5mm and 27mm across their property on Tuesday morning, adding to 15mm last month. Mr Mudie said it was the biggest rain event the farm had recorded since 20mm in August, and a welcome boost as they approach the halfway point of their 7000ha seeding program. The Mudies’ canola, vetch, and lupins were all out of the ground this week, and barley sown into moisture had shot up. “We are very happy ... it means we are seeding into moisture on those properties that got good rain ... and that moisture should be linked up with what was lower down,” Mr Mudie said. “It is a positive start, and definitely a bit different to last year when it was very dry.” At Kulin, Peta and Barry West received 14mm which Mrs West said would make a “huge difference” as they reached the halfway point of their seeding program. The Wests have wrapped up their canola and lupins planting, and this week moved on to barley. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast winds of 60 to 70km/h with peak gusts up to 125km/h. Graziers were also warned that sheep could die if exposed to conditions forecast for parts of the South West, South Coastal and Great Southern. Locations to be affected included Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mt Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.