Farmers stoked soaking arrives
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.”