Rain just in time for winter
Storm turns around Burnett peanut farmer’s fortunes
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.”
WELCOME RAIN: Peter Howlett, with his son Mitchell, said recent rain was just what he needed.