Rain just in time for win­ter

Storm turns around Bur­nett peanut farmer’s for­tunes

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE RURAL -

SOUTH Bur­nett farm­ers have wel­comed the heavy rain­fall de­liv­ered to the re­gion by ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie, with one farmer say­ing it had turned the sea­son around.

For Kumbia peanut farmer Peter Howlett, who lost a lot of his mung bean crop due to in­tense heat dur­ing the sum­mer, the rain has meant his peanuts will be bet­ter than ex­pected.

“That’s just the way it goes with farm­ing, you win some you lose some,” he said.

“Some farm­ers I know planted their crop back in Oc­to­ber, so this rain is too late for them, they just went too long with­out rain.

“My crops were planted a lit­tle later, so this rain has been very ben­e­fi­cial for us.

“What looked like a fairly av­er­age sea­son a few weeks ago has im­proved a lot.”

Mr Howlett said his prop­erty had re­ceived 120mm of rain from last week’s heavy falls.

“It was spot on for us,” he said.

“It’s filled the pro­file right up, th­ese crops might need one more watering on top of the mois­ture we’ve got now, but be­cause of this rain we’re pretty much on top of things now.”

Mr Howlett’s crops are all ir­ri­gated and he said keep­ing on top of that ir­ri­ga­tion over the sum­mer had been a chal­lenge.

“Ear­lier in the sea­son we had all the hot dry weather, so keep­ing the wa­ter up to the crops was a big chal­lenge,” he said.

“Our ir­ri­ga­tion source is un­der­ground bores, so this rain will recharge them.

Mr Howlett said the rain would mean the soil for the win­ter crops would be good.

“It could even be good into next sum­mer, it all helps.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

WEL­COME RAIN: Peter Howlett, with his son Mitchell, said re­cent rain was just what he needed.

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