Storms dump wel­comed rain over the re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE rain last week might only have been a driz­zle, but it was the per­fect storm for farm­ers.

The fol­low up rain was ex­actly what was needed af­ter the down­pour ear­lier this month. “We were go­ing to do it tough un­til this rain, now the whole out­look is a whole lot bet­ter,” Eidsvold Sta­tion owner Anthony Coates said.

Mr Coates said ev­ery lit­tle bit of rain helped farm­ers.

EASTER is around the cor­ner and storm clouds are gath­er­ing on the hori­zon.

The much-needed Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary storms have de­cided to visit the North Bur­nett for the Easter hol­i­days.

Monto re­ceived the most rain last weekend, with 23.7mm, while Gayn­dah farm­ers were still wait­ing for more af­ter re­ceiv­ing 11.6mm.

Eidsvold Sta­tion owner Anthony Coates got 21mm of rain on his property.

The rain con­tin­ued on Mon­day, but was very fine, al­most like a heavy fog, he said.

“Com­ing as it did, the last bit of rain was wear­ing out; it was lovely soft rain,” he said.

“We are look­ing for a lit­tle bit of warm weather and fol­low-up rain. “Ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.” Na­tive grass on Eidsvold Sta­tion suf­fered dur­ing the dry, but Mr Coates is op­ti­mistic that it will re­cover.

Other grasses, such as buf­fel, have re­sponded well to the re­cent wet.

“The na­tive grass needs more time, it had taken it tough lately and died,” he said.

“With the rain in the last three weeks, we had win­ter herb­ing ger­mi­nate and this rain will keep it go­ing.”

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