Green­ery boosts out­look

Pro­duc­ers’ con­fi­dence re­turns de­spite sum­mer warn­ings from Bureau

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL - Do­minic Elsome do­[email protected]­ton­

RAIN has boosted con­fi­dence across the re­gion, with many pro­duc­ers no longer head­ing into sum­mer with a sense of com­plete dread.

Some ar­eas of the re­gion have re­ceived more than 100mm so far in Oc­to­ber, but long-range fore­casts from the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy don’t sug­gest it is likely to stick around.

Vi­t­u­lus Stud prin­ci­pal Margo Hayes said the rain had made an in­stant dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s out­looks.

“Now every­one's got a smile on their face and a pos­i­tive out­look,” Mrs Hayes said.

“As soon as it rains, it changes your whole out­look on it all, it re­news your en­thu­si­asm and off you go again.”

She said the re­cent rain had al­lowed the stud to plant pas­tures for the first time in months.

“We're pre­par­ing to start rip­ping up the pad­docks and putting in some pas­tures,” she said.

“We've had no pas­ture, it’s been bare dirt for the past six months.”

While the rain has cer­tainly boosted spir­its, the falls co­in­cided with the sober­ing an­nounce­ment from BOM that the like­li­hood of an El Nino event this year had in­creased to about 70 per cent.

More wor­ry­ingly, long-range fore­casts sug­gest a more than 80 per cent chance of a hot­ter than av­er­age sum­mer ahead.

Mrs Hayes said while the threat of a hot­ter sum­mer was cer­tainly con­cern­ing, she put lit­tle faith in long-range pre­dic­tions.

“I don't think it's that ac­cu­rate that you can use it for long term strate­gic plan­ning,” she said.

Quali­pac direc­tor Troy Qualis­chef­ski was sim­i­larly scep­ti­cal of the three month out­look.

“We'll take it as it comes,” he said. “I have con­fi­dence in the seven day fore­cast from the bureau but I don't have that much con­fi­dence in the long range fore­cast at the mo­ment.”

The well known farm­ing busi­ness is presently har­vest­ing its win­ter onion crop and pre­par­ing for sum­mer pro­duc­tion of sweet corn and green beans, among oth­ers.

Mr Qualis­chef­ski said the rain had boosted the con­fi­dence of many grow­ers, help­ing to re­store some much need mois­ture to the soil.

“It's a good sit­u­a­tion to move into sum­mer with that amount of rain on the ground,” he said.


GREEN RE­TURNS: Vi­t­u­lus stud prin­ci­pal Margo Hayes, Thorn­ton, in­spects one of her pas­tures that re­cent rain­fall has given new life to.

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