DESPERATE TIMES: Kumbia peanut farmer Julian Cross says if the crop doesn't get some more rain in the next two or three weeks he'll have to straight bale it and sell it as hay.
DESPERATE TIMES: Kumbia peanut farmer Julian Cross says if the crop doesn't get some more rain in the next two or three weeks he'll have to straight bale it and sell it as hay. Michael Nolan

Finally, some rainfall for the South Burnett

AFTER a dry, hot start to the year the South Burnett finally got a drink.

Shorty before midnight on Saturday, February 18, the skies opened.

According the Bureau of Meteorology Kingaroy recorded about 18mm.

Nanango had 9.2mm, Cooyar Creek got 19mm and there was 17mm at Boat Mountain.

Proston recorded about 5mm and to the west Boondooma got 9mm.

Brooklands and Blackbutt had 13mm and 12mm respectively.

The biggest falls were just to the south west of our region. Jandowae received a comfortable 47mm while Bell got 27mm.

Julian Cross is a Kumbia mung bean, maize and peanut farmer.

He said he got a good dose of rain on the Saturday night but more was needed.

"We ended up with 25mm the night before last (Saturday) and about 5mm on Sunday,” Mr Cross said.

"It's a bit of saviour for the late planted corn and mung beans.”

But his early season maize and peanuts didn't fare so well.

"The rain will make them look good for a couple days then they'll be back to brown again.”

Mr Cross said he needed about four times that amount to return the necessary moisture to the soil as it has been so dry that traditionally resilient plants, like peanuts, had started to die off.

"I've really never seen an area of peanut die in the paddock,” Mr Cross said.

"It'd just been too dry for too long.”

If he doesn't get some rain in the next two to three weeks he'll straight-bale his peanut crop and sell it as hay.

Chances are he'll return a good pay cheque as the heat and dry further south has cut the supply of hay, pushing up its price.

If Weatherzone Meteorologist Jacob Cronje's forecast is anything to go by Mr Cross should prepare the baler.

"Looking at days ahead it's quite unlikely that we're going to seem more rain for the duration of February,” MR Cronje said.

"There's chance of showers next weekend but nothing significant,”

The rain we did have was caused by a deepening low pressure moving from the south west and contracting north.

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