Region greens up in time for holidays
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.”
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.