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June rain is a bonus to farmers

GOOD FALLS: Ellesmere farmer Lindsay Blanch was happy with the weekend’s falls, but would have liked a bit more rain.
GOOD FALLS: Ellesmere farmer Lindsay Blanch was happy with the weekend’s falls, but would have liked a bit more rain. Katherine Morris

THE weekend's downpour has come at the right farmers for some farmers in the South Burnett.

Ellesmere farmer Lindsay Blanch received about 21mm of rain at the weekend but said he could have benefited from a little more.

"I haven't heard about anyone who got less than we did," Mr Blanch said.

"(We got) only half of what everyone else got."

Mr Blanch grows oats, lucerne and barley, and runs cattle on his property.

He said the rain would be enough to bring up his lucerne crop.

"It will help, would of liked a little more, but we'll take what we can get," he said.

Mr Blanch said the rain was a bonus during what was normally a cold and dry time of year.

"I won't have to irrigate, so that saves me a bit of work," he said.

Coolabunia grower Michael Latham said the rain had come at the best time for him, but not everyone would be in the same boat.

"I dare say there will be people around that it has come at a wrong time, but we got over two inches," he said.

"If there was anybody cutting hay or trying to broadacre seed , it would make it a bit harder, hopefully most of the farmers got their seed in the ground.

"You just never know, it's hard to be on top of everything."

Mr Latham is growing snow peas and kale at the moment.

He said the rain was a great boost for both his crops.

"The rain that's come in has managed to activate the fertiliser," he said.

"We look at weather patterns to see when we can utilise that rain, at the same time, it doesn't always happen but this weekend it did and we were quite fortunate."

The South Burnett received above average rainfall so far for the month of June.

Some areas got more than 50mm of rain in 24 hours.

Topics:  agriculture south burnett weather

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