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Farmer welcoming rain but needs more

NEED MORE RAIN: Benair peanut grower Trevor Campbell said the season had been one of the worst farmers had seen in recent times.
NEED MORE RAIN: Benair peanut grower Trevor Campbell said the season had been one of the worst farmers had seen in recent times. Rhiannon Tuffield

SOUTH Burnett farmers have welcomed the recent rainfall but say more is needed.

Farmer Trevor Campbell, who grows peanuts, corn, wheat and other produce, said the heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday had missed his Benair property by about 5km.

"We got about 30mm all up over the two days,” Mr Campbell said.

"A bit further up the road they got 40mm just on Tuesday night, in total they got 58mm.

"We hope to get another 30mm this weekend and I believe there is a good chance of getting that.”

Mr Campbell said the lack of rain had left him feeling a bit down but he knew his time would come

"It is frustrating, even though our crops are at a stage where 100 inches of rain would do nothing.”

"No matter how much rain you get on your crops, when they're at the end, the rain won't help the crops, it will help the grassland but it won't help the crops.

"When their life is up and time is up rain can be a hindrance, especially if you go into harvest and get rain when you want dry weather it can do damage on the other end.”

He said despite this, the rain would be good for peanuts that were planted late.

"We'll see a huge improvement in them now, but it's nearly too late for the early ones.”

"Their time is nearly up as they don't have much of a crop on them but for anything planted late

it's absolutely brilliant for them.

"The late ones were planted in December but we planted most in late October and it's almost time to harvest them.”

Mr Campbell said it

had been a very mixed season for his farm but overall he felt optimistic for the future.

"This rain is going to put good moisture down for the winter crop,” he said.

"Without the rain, you're looking at a nearly nil crop for winter.

"It's lifted the hopes of everyone up, it will probably make a huge difference.”

He said his winter crop was mainly wheat and barley.

"We plant them in May.”

"The rain will put a profile of moisture down to the ground and if you start with good moisture then it is just a great start for the crops.

"When we started planting our summer crops we had no moisture in the ground.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted rain over the next few days.

South Burnett

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