Adam Towner pulled on his gumboots and Driza-Bone to combat the weekend’s wet weather.
Adam Towner pulled on his gumboots and Driza-Bone to combat the weekend’s wet weather. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Rain expected to clear

JUNABEE farmer Bruce Mauch described the rain of the past week as "beautiful" but a bit too late.

"I will start planting some late summer crops like navy beans which don't need a lot of moisture as they are so quick," Mr Mauch said.

"The rain is too late to plant sorghum and corn. You could still plant sunflower but would experience bird problems."

He said the early sorghum in the area was quite good.

"The late sorghum is not as good because of lack of moisture," Mr Mauch said.

He said the rain would increase confidence for a reasonably good winter crop planting.

"This week's rain has retained the sub-soil moisture we had in the soil," Mr Mauch said.

"The biggest problem is the outlook for grain prices. We are getting $170 a tonne for feed barley and there is talk of $150 a tonne for sorghum as a big crop of sorghum is expected."

He received 64mm at his Junabee property for the week with Freestone recording 52mm.

While the season was dry in the past month, Mr Mauch said there was still plenty of cattle feed.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Gavin Holcombe has predicted the end to the current burst of rain.

"The rain will clear overnight and we will be left with morning drizzle and some afternoon showers," Mr Holcombe said.

"We could see some morning drizzle on Tuesday morning in the higher areas with a shower or thunderstorm, particularly in the afternoon in the Granite Belt."

The rest of the week will be fine except for a few isolated afternoon showers.

Mr Holcombe said the indication for next weekend was mostly fine weather.

"It won't be particularly windy for the week," he said.

 

Weekly rain

 Broadwater Ck 82mm

 Applethorpe 86mm

 Wallangarra 40mm

 Pikedale 59mm

 Dalveen 61mm

 Cherrabah 80mm

 Warwick 63mm


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