Demand for seed after the dry spell
IT WAS a rare occurrence that Kaimkellenbun farmer Paul Haeusler was unable to plant a crop this winter due to the exceedingly dry conditions.
While he was able to get some left-over chickpea seed deep in the soil where some moisture still lingered, his plans for a winter barley crop were scuttled, and the fields he prepared lay bare.
But this month, Dalby has recorded its wettest October in 15 years, and Mr Haeusler’s property, Bundaleer, has received nearly 120mm of rain.
He’s now gearing up to plant his summer sorghum crop, and while he has seed, others haven’t been so lucky.
Farmers looking to plant in fields they prepared for winter, as well as their summer crops, have created huge demand for sorghum seed.
Mr Haeusler said he was feeling optimistic for the season ahead, though he was wary of the potential for a hot, dry summer.
“Everything has come together. We can finally get something planted,” he said.
Paul Haeusler with son Aidan, on their farm Bundaleer.