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Central Queensland farmers rejoice at rain over weekend

Neil Farmer on his Yaamba property. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Neil Farmer on his Yaamba property. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

AFTER one of the driest winters that Nigel Burnett can remember, 37 millimetres of rain was certainly welcomed on his Central Queensland property.

The Emerald farmer is based at Colorada, a 4000 hectare property that runs cattle, dryland farming and a cotton crop.

He was one of many who were celebrating the rain that washed across CQ late last week.

 "It was gentle rain, none would have run off, so it was fantastic rain for this time of year," he said.

"We've had one of our driest winters, it was pretty horrible."

The rain is taking the pressure off the Burnett's cotton crop, which they are planning to pre water in September so soil moisture is up to scratch for planting.

Their last bit of good rain was in April.

Yaamba's Neil Farmer, who is based about 40km north of Rockhampton, received 24mm on his property Lake Learmonth Station.

"It should be enough to put fresh early spring growth on it," he said.

"A bit more follow up will certainly be appreciated.

"We're still doing better than a lot of other places so we can't complain, but these frosts knocked us around quite a bit."

The last bit of rain they received was in May, and frosts in July turned most of their pastures from green to brown.

Neil said now they'll be hoping for some warn weather so the moisture brings about growth.

Eric and Kerry Adams, who own a cattle property at Ridgelands, were also affected by a bad week of frosts in July.

They received about 20mm of rain from Friday afternoon to Saturday night.

While it's been very dry in their area, Eric said they still have plenty of water and dry feed for the cattle.

"We definitely need more," he said.

"It's a start, it gave us a bit of tank water, but we want more follow up of course."

Topics:  drought farming rain weather



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