OAT crops could receive a valuable boost this weekend with showers forecast for much of Queensland towards the end of the week.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting significant rainfall all the way from central Queensland through to the northern slopes of Victoria, although dry patches of the nation’s cropping belt, such as the Darling Downs, at this stage look like missing out on the heaviest falls.
Heaviest falls are flagged for central Queensland and north central Victoria, with more than 50mm forecast from May 19 to 22.
Landmark agronomist Craig Miller based in Roma said there were quite a few oats crops around the Roma region that were in need of a drink and would welcome the rain.
Mr Miller said the rain would also hold up those planting winter cereal crops.
“It’s not as welcome for people out there sowing their wheat and chickpeas,” Mr Miller said.
“It will hold them up a little bit but it’s not a bad thing to have hold you up.”
CottonInfo fear the weather event could put a dampener on late cotton crops and disrupt picking in areas such as St George, Dirranbandi and Moree.