MUD is the best Christmas present a farming family could have asked for this year.

With crop yields at a six-year low, Darling Downs farmers were looking desperately to December rain to lift soil moisture for their summer crops.

Many prayers have been answered with rainfall of up to 100mm recorded in the region since Christmas Eve.

Jonathan and Leanne Mengel, owners of a property at Nangwee, near Cecil Plains, were among those smiling at the weekend's grey skies.

The recent rain has saved their struggling sorghum crop.

"We planted some sorghum before the rain and it wasn't wet enough for the seeds to make it," Mr Mengel said.

"Without this rain we would have had a few acres which wouldn't have come up at all.

"A significant amount of our crop would have been lost."

He said the timing as well as the amount of moisture had helped to save his crop.

Mr Mengel said the rain had also made a significant difference to his cotton and corn crops, which would have needed watering last week.

"We can delay the watering on that," he said.

"If we get a bit more it's definitely going to put some water into our tanks and shore up the crops we have at the moment.

"It's been a long-time coming. I've spoken to some of the neighbours and they're all very happy. There are a lot of smiles out here today (Sunday)."

Mr Mengel has another reason to smile with rain expected to continue across the Darling Downs.

A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said the constant light drizzle is set to ease with showers and thunderstorms predicted throughout the week.

"It will be hit-and-miss activity later in the week. There is a high chance of showers and storms on Tuesday," the forecaster said.

"As the trough pushes further north there will be a lull on the Darling Downs mid-week but on Thursday the showers and thunderstorms will be redeveloping."


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  •  Pittsworth: 75mm
  •  Oakey: 46mm
  •  Crows Nest: 41mm
  •  Warwick: 64mm
  •  Stanthorpe: 127mm


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