Rainfall is sweet relief for farmers
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.