Rain a relief in southern Queensland

Storms fill dams and top up soil profiles


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Despite only having 20 to 30mm over the weekend, water can be seen lying in paddocks around the Goondiwindi area.

Despite only having 20 to 30mm over the weekend, water can be seen lying in paddocks around the Goondiwindi area.

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Parts of southern Queensland recorded up to 100mm over the weekend.

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Parts of southern Queensland were under some decent rainfall totals over the weekend, putting landholders in a good position heading into winter. 

Though totals were patchy, a widespread band of rain sat across Glenmorgan, The Gums and Moonie on Saturday afternoon and evening, dumping up to 100 millimetres in parts.

Rain continued to fall across the south into Sunday, closing roads, filling dams, and topping up soil profiles.

The Logan family at Currajong Park, Inglestone, received 108mm over the weekend and Rae Logan said it was a good follow-up to rain they had seen at the beginning of February. 

“We were already green, but it'll just keep it going for us and topping up dams,” she said.

“It’s especially good for people around the area.

“Some of them hadn't had any runoff at all to fill up dams, whereas we had quite a heavy fall a couple of weeks ago and in about half an hour filled up our dams.” 

East of Inglestone, the Power family at Ungabilla, Teelba, recorded 45mm for the two days, and Shane Power said many others in the Teelba area recorded about the same.

“We've had 248mm in the last four weeks, so it’s very wet,” he said.

“It’s excellent and it basically means we're guaranteed to plant for winter chickpea, wheat and oats crops, as well as have a very good body of feed for cattle going into the winter.”

Areas around Moonie received significant falls on Saturday afternoon with the rain band continuing north through Glenmorgan and surrounds on Saturday night.

Areas around Moonie received significant falls on Saturday afternoon with the rain band continuing north through Glenmorgan and surrounds on Saturday night.

Landholders in the Moonie area were also under some significant falls, receiving between 60 and 90mm over the two days. 

Andrew Hirst, Killawarra, Moonie, recorded 90mm and said it was a welcome relief.

“The last four weeks of rain have been excellent,” he said. 

“We've had some good grass growth and our later planting of mungbeans and sorghum have benefitted.

“It’s good for filling profiles for winter crops and growing grass for cattle, so it's a very welcome relief.” 

Though everyone in the area is thankful for the rain, cotton growers are now hoping for sunny days over the coming months.

Ben Taylor, Culara, Condamine, received 19mm and said despite recently defoliating their cotton crop they were happy to be under some rain. 

“It's not doing any harm, it's just a continuation of wetting up our profile for the winter crop,” he said.

“We've got cotton that we've just defoliated and we're starting to get to the point where in the next couple of weeks it'd be good to see some fine, clear weather.” 

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