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Heavy rain across southern Queensland has some 'jumping for joy' while others leave crops in ground

Monday November 8, 2021 - 04:18 AEDT
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Harvest was put on hold at "Booroora" at Boggabilla, 20 kilometres south-west of Goondiwindi, when 47 millimetres of rain was recorded.  - ABC

Widespread rain across the Western Downs has filled empty dams but also put a sudden halt to the region's grain harvest.


Areas near Dalby received more than 120 millimetres of rain since Sunday morning, with the Bureau of Metrology predicting more rain during the week.


Forecaster Shane Kennedy said some areas on the Darling Downs had their wettest November in 20 years.


"A few places got or exceeded their monthly averages in that 24-hour period."


Grazier Chris Bate†said he couldn't believe his eyes when he checked his rain gauge.


His Batman Pastoral property†at Miles received 62.6†millimetres.


"We woke up and said, 'Holy moly, have a look at this'," Mr Bates said.


"I think people were driving past and thought what's this lunatic bastard doing?†I was jumping for joy when I saw that first level of dam;†it's just fantastic."


He said the rain had come at a great time, after suffering from years of drought.


"Finally, we have got something that looks a bit better than a puddle."


Mixed emotions on the Downs


Kim Bremner, who received 45mm of rain on his farm at Bowenville, south of Dalby, said the rain had come†at a bad time for some.


"I have some wheat still to come off and I was waiting on a contractor to turn up, but he broke down yesterday. So I have some wheat sitting in water" he said.


"Anyone who has still got crops in the paddock†is not going to be very happy."


But Mr Bremner said the rain had helped to fill empty dams.


"We can make money out of mud, but we can't make it out of dust."


Hopes for reduced cattle prices


Many graziers had to destock during the drought, and despite some rain throughout the year, their ability to restock has been limited by high cattle prices.


Mr Bate†hopes that the recent rain will change this.


"I think it'll keep that high price at the back end, we will get some stock now," he said.


"Now that we've got that water security as well, we will have no hesitation in increasing that carrying capacity."


More rain predicted


Mr Kennedy said there would be a lull in the weather on Tuesday, but storms and rain would intensify†again, peaking on Thursday.


"In that rain band, we could see some isolated falls in of 50 millimetres to 100-plus (millimetres).


"It could again be focused through the Charleville-Roma area and then down through the Darling Downs, particularly that Granite Belt area."







- ABC

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