CUDGEN farmer Sam Raso is a happy man after receiving
CUDGEN farmer Sam Raso is a happy man after receiving "perfect" rain which gently soaked into his parched farmland.

Falls just what farmer ordered

By ROXANNE MILLAR

IF Cudgen farmer Sam Raso was to order rain he would have asked for yesterday's downpour exactly.

"It was as if it was tailor made for us," he said.

"We had four inches that started off soft and soaked in to the soil.

"There was barely any runoff. We couldn't have ordered it any better."

Mr Raso has been living a tough life on the land in the past 12 months, watching as his usually fertile red soil dries into a hard crust with a talcum powderlike consistency.

He has endured a drought that has cost him fruit trees and plenty of money.

"It has been a really bad year but finally things are looking up. This rain will bring life back into the soil," he said.

"We will start planting next week. Hooray!"

Mr Raso recently spoke out as president of the Tweed Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to remind people red-soil runoff in heavy rain was not dangerous or able to be prevented.

"This time it came down gently and we haven't had to worry, which is an added bonus," he said.

"It is just fantastic.

"Some of us were told we could get some good rains in midOctober that we were waiting on.

"Then we read a letter in the Daily News that said thinking positive brought rain. After reading that I tried to. Now that man is going to claim he started this!"



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