CROP growers in the Bundaberg region have added a significant downpour to the Christmas wishlist, after dryer than normal weather begins to take its toll.
Pumps have been running non-stop, as farmers have relied heavily on irrigation to water young plants and ensure maturing produce is not affected.
Weather forecasts indicate a brief reprieve may be on its way, with a 70% chance of a thunderstorm developing tomorrow and rain predicted to continue into the weekend.
Rain usually comes with a cool, moist environment which gives your trees a bit of a break and helps to pick them up.
The dry weather provided a less than pleasing start for cane growers, as they cared for ratoons from last season's crop and new plantings.
Burnett Heads Rd mixed crop grower Francis Attard was keeping an eye on the sky and counting down the days since the last recorded rain on his property in mid-November.
"We're irrigating pretty well flatout at the moment, which is expensive and time-consuming," he said.
"We'd like some rain for our cane, there's no doubt about that."
Avocado grower Lachlan Donovan said the best present for farmers in the region this Christmas would be a substantial downpour.
"It would make a world of difference, if we got a couple of inches now," he said.
Mr Donovan said while farmers could rely upon irrigation systems, they were no match for real rain.
"You can irrigate all you want but nothing matches real rain," he said.
Rain covered the ground more evenly, pushed water into the soil further and storm rain helped to add nitrogen.
"Rain usually comes with a cool, moist environment which gives your trees a bit of a break and helps to pick them up," Mr Donovan said.
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