Patchy rain brings relief

Southern Queensland welcomes rain


Welcome downpour: Oakey Creek, flowing through Jondaryan Homestead station west of Toowoomba, is rising after much needed rain this week. Picture: Louise Gall.

Welcome downpour: Oakey Creek, flowing through Jondaryan Homestead station west of Toowoomba, is rising after much needed rain this week. Picture: Louise Gall.

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Early Autumn rain arrives in southern Queensland.

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Thirsty parts of Queensland have received some much needed rainfall over the past 48 hours leaving many landholders smiling.

Landmark agronomist Hugh Reardon-Smith, Pittsworth, said while the rain helped to boost producers’ spirits, it was too late to benefit summer crops.  

“For those who planted late crops such as corn, soy beans and sunflower, they will still benefit,” he said.  

“On the flip side it is a great start for winter planting and the rain will improve the sub-soil moisture.

“We have received reports of little run-off, but it hasn’t given producers full moisture profiles for most yet, as many paddocks were so dry.”

Parts of the Pittsworth and Mt Tyson districts have reported good falls, with Max and Lynne Glasser, Glencoe Lodge, Stoneleigh receiving 70mm since Sunday night. 

Peter and Louise Gall, Jondaryan Homestead, Jondaryan, have measured 112mm of rain over their property.

“It is the best rain we have received in more than 18 months,” Louise said.

“We will now look to plant some winter oats and forage barley for our cattle.” 

Toowoomba reports vary with 114mm at Cranley on the outskirts and 90mm in town.  

A delighted Lucas Neal, Geham has received 55mm, which he said would be great for the forage millet planted in late summer. 

Gavin and Kirrily Iseppi have received 54mm at Leafmore in the Dalby district. 

Macalister district cotton grower Adam McVeigh has reported 50mm, but said it was very patchy and varied in some parts.

“We really have to take the rain when it falls, but it would have been better for cotton farmers if it fell two months ago. For the bulk of the dryland cotton crops it is too late, but it will benefit some of the irrigated planting.” 

Tom Nixon recorded 65mm of rain at Devon Court, Drillham.

Reports of up to 80mm has fallen near Durong, while Carolyn Kenny, Wajartryn Droughtmasters, Gayndah has recorded 41mm.

Libby Harriman, Thagoona, Muttaburra received 21mm a week ago but said it was very patchy. She said it is still very dry and more rain was desperately needed in the district.

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