Brookstead farmer Wayne Saal is anxiously awaiting the good rain, forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology, to boost the summer crop prospects.
Brookstead farmer Wayne Saal is anxiously awaiting the good rain, forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology, to boost the summer crop prospects.

Relief rain on the way

PREDICTIONS that up to 100mm of rain could fall over the next couple of days have Darling Downs farmers, like Wayne Saal, in high spirits.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast between 30mm and 100mm of rain could soak the region today and tomorrow.

Forecaster Tony Auden said the rain would fall across a “very large” area of southern Queensland.

“It's definitely the most significant rain event in the region for many, many months,” he said.

Mr Saal, a Brookstead farmer, said good soaking rain was “desperately” needed for the planting of summer crops across the Downs.

But in a cruel twist, Mr Saal said heavy rain could cause costly damage to winter crops before they are ready to harvest.

“If we got 100mm of heavy rain that would definitely downgrade a considerable winter crop area,” he said.

“But summer cropping is the main money maker on the Downs, so I think people would probably be happy to wear a bit of damage on their winter crops if they can get good planting rain.

“You really can't knock back rain.

“We'll take whatever we can get.”

Mr Saal said the last good rain to fall at his farm was back in February.

A passing storm delivered some rain around the Toowoomba region on Saturday afternoon.

Checkout the weather bureau's forecast here.



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