It is nothing but grey skies bringing smiles to Brett McCamley at Fern Hill.
It is nothing but grey skies bringing smiles to Brett McCamley at Fern Hill.

Rain whets the spirits in CQ



WHEN it comes to the weather it has been a mighty fine week for the cattle industry in Central Queensland.

Fern Hill (near Bajool) proper- ty manager Brett McCamley, said the soaking rain was just what the countryside needed right now.

"The problem in the past is we've had the heavy downpour before the soaking rain.''

Because the land is dry and sparse of grasses, a downpour re- sults in topsoil running off with the water.

"This is good soaking rain and we need another 5 inches (127mm) of this before we get heavy rain.

"You don't really need the heavy rain straight away, allow time for the grass to grow first,'' Mr McCamley said.

Other than this week there has not been a lot of rain for Mr McCamley to brag about.

"We had about 50mm last week, so far including this rain, we're only half our average rainfall (from January).

"Our average is 35 inches (9144mm) a year.''

Closer to Clermont, where much of the rain has fallen ? 40mm yesterday ? farmers' spirits are picking up.

Christine Donaldson, Agforce Central Queensland chairperson, said most farmers in the Central Highlands area were half-way to two-thirds of the way through harvesting.

While most crops would be vul- nerable to sprouting as a result of the rain she said: "It will give people the encouragement to go on.

"We happened to finish har- vesting yesterday (Wednesday) before the rain, but it's been so dry it is way below average yield ? just covering costs sort of thing.



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