Rain­fall is sweet re­lief for farm­ers

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

FARM­ERS across the district have had their spir­its lifted fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall at the week­end.

Fig­ures ob­tained by the Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill re­veal the Isis district re­ceived an av­er­age rain­fall of about 90mm from Fri­day through to Sun­day.

A whop­ping 139mm was recorded on Adies Rd near the mill.

Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill gen­eral man­ager John Gor­ringe said the rain­fall was a “wel­come re­lief” to a district that had not seen sig­nif­i­cant falls since late March.

“Events of this mag­ni­tude are rarely seen in Au­gust and will sus­tain the cur­rent crop and pro­vide good mois­ture for the up­com­ing cane plant­ing sea­son,” he said.

The rain put the brakes on har­vest­ing in the fields on Fri­day night but it re­sumed late Tues­day, with crush­ing op­er­a­tions re­sum­ing early Wed­nes­day.

De­spite dis­rup­tions to har­vest­ing and plant­ing op­er­a­tions, Cane­grow­ers Isis man­ager Wayne Stan­ley wel­comed the rain.

“The rain was ben­e­fi­cial al­though it has stopped har­vest­ing be­cause the stand­ing cane was be­com­ing very drought stressed,” he said.

“The rain will de­lay plant­ing op­er­a­tions for a short while but has im­proved soil mois­ture lev­els.”

Mr Stan­ley said pri­or­ity had been given to frosted cane at the start of the sea­son.

Lo­cal grower Mark Mam­mino re­ceived about 95–100mm across his farms between Fri­day and Sun­day.

The rain has res­cued Mr Mam­mino’s stand­ing cane, which he said was start­ing to dry out and de­te­ri­o­rate.

“The tim­ing was pretty good as we start to gear up to start to plant,” he said.

“We’ve got a bit of mois­ture to plant into.”

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has pre­dicted iso­lated show­ers will fall across the Wide Bay Bur­nett through­out the week­end.


CHEERS: Cane farmer Mark Mam­mino says the rain­fall on the week­end ar­rived just in time, as grow­ers be­gin to plant.

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