The South Burnett could be in for more rain this week.
The South Burnett could be in for more rain this week. Greg N Kel Taffe

Wet week predicted in the South Burnett

THE South Burnett is in for a wet weekend with showers forecast for the whole week and the chance of thunderstorms developing.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Janine Yuasa said an upper level trough as well as a lot of moisture in the air flow coming from the east coast was responsible for the rain.

"That's causing a great deal of instability over much of Queensland including the Kingaroy area," she said.

"We are seeing quite a bit of showers around and the potential of a thunderstorm in the afternoons or evenings."

Ms Yuasa said rainfall would be patchy, however heavy falls of up to 20mm were possible in the South Burnett.

"It's hit and miss activity, one place might get quite a bit and the next suburb over nothing at all," she said.

 

The Department of Agriculture reminded Queensland Cattle Producers planting forage oats that high quality seed is the key to good germination and quicker emergence in early plant vigour.

 

Senior plant breeder at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Bruce Winter, said restricted summer pasture growth meant producers would have little standing feed heading into autumn and winter.

"Forage oats is an excellent option for fattening livestock, due to its ability to produce good quality, highly palatable feed when most summer pastures are dormant," Mr Winter said.

"Growers should look out for seed with high germination and varietal purity and buy from a reputable seed merchant.

"Details of the germination rate and seed purity should be listed on a tag on each bag of seed," he said.

The planting window for forage oats is generally from mid-March, when rain arrives and temperatures start to decline.

Mr Winter said growers should avoid planting in warm or hot soils.

"Soil temperatures above 25 degrees will reduce seed germination and result in poor crop establishment," Mr Winter said.

"The ideal soil temperature for oats to germinate is between 15 and 25 degrees," he said. In southern Queensland the recommended planting rates for forage oats are 40-60kg.

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