Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Rain, Rain, Come Again -- Please! Crops Planted in Hope; More Than One Pour Needed

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Rain, Rain, Come Again -- Please! Crops Planted in Hope; More Than One Pour Needed

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Byline: Elyse Wurm

A SECOND round of soaking rain looks to be on the way and after just planting about 40ha of oats in the hope of feeding stock from his own crops, dairy farmer Ian Brown hopes forecasters are right.

Experts are predicting up to 50mm of rain could fall in Warwick over the next week.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Annabelle Ford said rain connected to ex-Tropical Cyclone Trevor was coming into southern Queensland to bring rain and storm activity.

About 5--10mm of rain is predicted for Wednesday before more widespread rain on Thursday, with up to 20mm forecast to fall.

"If you get a thunderstorm it'll be more than that but generally you should get some fairly good rain through the area," Ms Ford said.

Ms Ford said the rain could be cleared up by Friday or a bit showery, depending on the speed of the former cyclone and a separate upper trough.

While the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the rain will ease off by the weekend, Weatherzone meteorologist Tom Hough forecast lower totals for earlier in the week but said Saturday could be the day to bring the goods.

Up to 5mm could fall on Friday, before a higher total on Saturday.

"Close to 5--15mm with the potential for more locally," Mr Hough said.

While farmers in the region are keeping a lid on their excitement at this stage, a bit more rain to follow the decent downpour earlier this month would bring relief.

Sladevale dairy farmer Mr Brown just bought $15,000 of hay to put in his shed and hopes it's his last load.

"I hope it is because I'm sick of buying it and that's just taking the margin, that could be your superannuation," he said.

After seeing 61mm fall on his beef and dairy farm the weekend before last, Mr Brown said he was feeling more positive and had some greenery on his land.

He decided to plant oats and now needs 70--80mm of rain over the next two months to ensure they grow sufficiently to feed to cattle. …

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