Patchy rain event brings mixed blessings

Patchy rain event no game changer for most

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Emilee, Hayley and Clare O'Sullivan were enjoying some rare time in puddles at Jumba Station near Charters Towers on Saturday. The property received 45mm in total.

Emilee, Hayley and Clare O'Sullivan were enjoying some rare time in puddles at Jumba Station near Charters Towers on Saturday. The property received 45mm in total.

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The weekend's rainfall event has a lucky few smiling but for many it will do little to ease concerns as autumn looms.

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The much anticipated rainfall event that impacted much of Queensland over the weekend has delivered some game changing falls for some while many others missed out. 

The patchy nature of the event saw rainfall totals vary wildly, even across properties. 

Some of the best falls were east of a line stretching from Moree, north to about Charters Towers with some good falls in the Capricorn region, Darling Downs and Burnett. 

Most landholders say the key will now be follow-up in two to three weeks time. 

Southern Queensland 

On the Darling Downs, Grassdale Farms manager Matt Waye said they received a total of between 48 to 56mm of rain across their properties at Grassdale near Cecil Plains.

They also had 32mm of rain at their Millmerran property.

Mr Waye said the rain would be very beneficial for mungbean crops that had been doing it tough. 

Goondiwindi cotton grower Tom Arnott, Fairfield, received 40mm over the weekend and said it had delayed irrigating by about a week. 

“We were going to start watering tomorrow, but that's put it back to the weekend at this stage,” he said. 

“We probably didn't need the two days at 21 degrees, that was a bit out of the ordinary.

“We're pleased that the sun's back out again, and by Wednesday they're thinking it'll be back to 35 and 40 by the weekend.

“Rain's always helpful. We're confident now we'll finish the crop (cotton) with two irrigations, which is good.”

Further north, Chinchilla and Miles recorded some decent totals.

Jackie Jewell, Glenwood, 35km north east of Chinchilla received 85mm while Karen and Greg Slater who live at Glenellen situated 125kms north of Chinchilla have received 82mm.

Central Queensland 

Kylie Graham, Farnham, situated 43km east of  Taroom received her biggest rainfall in four years receiving 110mm.

"It was amazing rain," Kylie said.

A fall of 107mm was recorded by Jo Lethbridge of Yo Yo,  Taroom while Amanda Salisbury, Upson Downs situated south west of Monto received a total 127mm over the weekend.

Central West 

Tammy and Dave Picone measured 54mm in the gauge just outside Blackall on Friday night but were disappointed to hear on Saturday that it hadn’t gone 10km down the road. 

The Picones are completely destocked, with the exception of six ewes and two lambs. 

“It was one of those storms where you can smell the sizzle of the lightning,” Tammy said. 

“I was talking to (my parents at) Bullecourt (between Blackall and Adavale) – they only had 19mm, even with it drizzling all day Saturday. It was such a big change that was talked up.”

Meanwhile Andrew Cowper, Merino Downs, north of Aramac had 12.5mm on Friday and 4mm on Saturday. 

“We were still able to get double deckers out,” Andrew said.

“We sent stuff to Roma yesterday, three decks of all our second cross cows. Hopefully they'll go for an absolute fortune.

“We’ve got cows and calves going up on AuctionsPlus on Friday. Selling because our country is like this (footpath).”

The lack of rain has meant Mr Cowper has had to put off the contractors currently building an exclusion fence around his property. 

“We organised all the funding and everything but that'll be all our stud cows gone,” he said. 

“We've got no income - we'll need the money for the cows to live on for the next couple of years. Basically what we're doing is selling our income producers.

“We're not complaining - this is our third year without rain but it's nothing like the people here at Longreach going without for six years.”

North Queensland 

We're not complaining - this is our third year without rain but it's nothing like the people here at Longreach... - Andrew Cowper, Merino Downs

In the north, the O’Sullivan family recorded 45mm at Jumba Station, Charters Towers on Saturday.

The township of Charters Towers received 65mm over the seven days to Monday but Townsville only managed 20mm for the same period. 

Georgetown received 163mm for the week prior to Monday, Atherton 74mm and Weipa 519mm. 

The story Patchy rain event brings mixed blessings first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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