HAIL DESTRUCTION: Gloria Thompson looks at what’s left of the Lablab cattle feed on her property at Tannymorel after Wednesday’s hail storm.
HAIL DESTRUCTION: Gloria Thompson looks at what’s left of the Lablab cattle feed on her property at Tannymorel after Wednesday’s hail storm. John Towells

Farmers pick up the pieces after big storm

TANNYMOREL farmers have been left to pick up the pieces after a storm ripped through the area destroying crops on Wednesday afternoon.

Farmer Rod Petersen said he had been working in the paddock, but was keeping an eye on the radar.

"I could see there had been a bad storm at Allora," he said.

"I was watching another one over Tenterfield.

"The Allora one started to turn around and both storms ended up combining over the top of Tannymorel."

Mr Petersen said there wasn't much rain in the storm.

"I had heard reports of 20-30mm in the area," he said.

"The hail wasn't all that big but my sorghum, corn and beans suffered extensive damage.

"It's a shame there wasn't more rain with the hail though to help ease the drought but that's the way it goes I guess."

Mr Petersen said it had been quite a while since he had been affected by hail; however he recalled the storm that hit Mt Colliery late last year.

"I planted the crops at the end of November and December which means they are still young enough to recover."

Gloria Thompson, who has a farm on Caunters Rd between Tannymorel and Mt Colliery said she had never seen hail like it before.

"It was probably about 5cm big," she said.

"But it was flat and thick and had a jagged sharp edge.

"And there was still hail lying beside the tank at lunch time yesterday.

"If you think about how hot the ground would have been on Wednesday it's quite strange the hail still hadn't melted 12 hours later."

Mrs Thompson said 10 acres of Lablab, which she had been irrigating, was destroyed. Nine acres of Lucerne also had the leaves stripped, leaving only the stalks.

"We were just about to start strip feeding the cattle on the Lablab," Mrs Thompson said.

"Feed is looking pretty grim with it being so dry, we will have to put the cattle in the Lucerne now and make them eat the stalks.

"It seems like a lot of people suffered crop damage from the hail, that's the way it goes though, someone is always worse off then you."



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