De­mand for seed af­ter the dry spell

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

IT WAS a rare oc­cur­rence that Kaimkel­len­bun farmer Paul Haeusler was un­able to plant a crop this win­ter due to the ex­ceed­ingly dry con­di­tions.

While he was able to get some left-over chick­pea seed deep in the soil where some mois­ture still lin­gered, his plans for a win­ter bar­ley crop were scut­tled, and the fields he pre­pared lay bare.

But this month, Dalby has recorded its wettest Oc­to­ber in 15 years, and Mr Haeusler’s prop­erty, Bun­daleer, has re­ceived nearly 120mm of rain.

He’s now gear­ing up to plant his sum­mer sorghum crop, and while he has seed, oth­ers haven’t been so lucky.

Farm­ers look­ing to plant in fields they pre­pared for win­ter, as well as their sum­mer crops, have cre­ated huge de­mand for sorghum seed.

Mr Haeusler said he was feel­ing op­ti­mistic for the sea­son ahead, though he was wary of the po­ten­tial for a hot, dry sum­mer.

“Every­thing has come to­gether. We can fi­nally get some­thing planted,” he said.

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

Paul Haeusler with son Ai­dan, on their farm Bun­daleer.

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