Farm­ers stoked soak­ing ar­rives

Tasmanian Country - - CROSSWORD -

TAS­MA­NIAN farm­ers cel­e­brated this week after wet weather brought re­lief to ar­eas suf­fer­ing from a sec­ond year of be­low-av­er­age rain­fall.

The rain fell where it was needed, with dry-hit ar­eas in the eastern re­gions last week re­ceiv­ing up to 137mm of rain.

Frank Giles of Seav­iew Farm at St Marys de­scribed the 100mm fall on his prop­erty as “bloody mar­vel­lous”.

“You have no idea what it means when you’ve been wait­ing for rain for two years,” Mr Giles said.

“That rain is worth a couple of hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars to me. It saves me so much ex­tra work, which is such an enor­mous re­lief. I just hope it con­tin­ues.”

Mr Giles said the past two years on his farm had been the dri­est in more than a cen­tury.

“Any­thing is bet­ter than noth­ing. We’re com­ing into sum­mer and with a bit of mois­ture, we might get some grass grow­ing, but it’s too late for a good spring.”

Brett Stokes from Noble Lee Suf­folk stud at Cam­pa­nia said his prop­erty re­ceived its best fall since May.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy the town re­ceived 32mm of rain in seven days.

“It’s come about six weeks too late be­cause ev­ery­thing has al­ready gone to seed, but at least it will put some mois­ture back in the ground and give my turnips and grain crops a nice soak­ing,” Mr Stokes said.

“It fresh­ens ev­ery­thing up. Noth­ing helps some­thing grow bet­ter than a de­cent rain.

“How handy it is will all de­pend on what comes next.”

Rus­sell Fowler, who farms at Both­well and Ouse, said the rain had come at the per­fect time for cen­tral re­gions.

“Our sea­son is a lot later than down in the South, so the rain will help us to­wards the end of our spring,” he said.

“It’s not nec­es­sar­ily about how much rain you get, but rather the tim­ing.”

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