Re­gion greens up in time for hol­i­days

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

THE North Bur­nett is go­ing green.

Thanks to the wide­spread rain at the week­end, lush green pas­tures have ap­peared where dry bar­ren fields once were.

Monto agron­o­mist Ken­dell Muller said the grass in our re­gion was known for re­spond­ing quickly after rain.

“It’s be­cause of the high fer­til­ity of the soil we have here; that means it can re­ju­ve­nate well,” he said.

“Na­tive grasses will take a bit longer than im­ported va­ri­eties to re­spond, be­cause their adapt­abil­ity is usu­ally the rea­son th­ese grasses are in­tro­duced in the first place.”

He said the high hu­mid­ity also helped grass grow more quickly.

“Hu­mid­ity is ex­cel­lent for grow­ing con­di­tions and there has been lots of sun­light, so ob­vi­ously that’s go­ing to help with pho­to­syn­the­sis,” he said.

But not all grasses will sus­tain th­ese rapid growth rates.

“You can see what’s go­ing on be­low the ground by look­ing at what’s hap­pen­ing above it,” he said.

“If the land has been over­grazed, then it’s only go­ing to have a very short root sys­tem un­der­neath.

“But if the roots have been es­tab­lished it will grow a lot longer.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

BE­FORE AND AFTER: From left to right, how only weeks can change the look of Mt Hi­lary out­side of Monto. The left shows the moun­tain on Novem­ber 13, the right shows it this week after the rain.

Like many roads around Monto, the bowl­ing green bridge was flooded on Satur­day.

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