TOUGH TIMES AHEAD: Farmers are facing a fight against the weather as some crops desperately require rain while others need the rain to hold off.
TOUGH TIMES AHEAD: Farmers are facing a fight against the weather as some crops desperately require rain while others need the rain to hold off. Meg Gannon

Farmers' battle with weather showing no signs of easing

ANDREW Johnston and other farmers in the Dalby area have lived through the driest start to a year in 139 years.

The sorghum and cotton farm owner said his industry is desperate for rain after a dismal start to 2019 - just 0.2mm fell.

"The issue in the next couple of weeks is that the late-planted crops desperately need rain and need it now,” Mr Johnston said.

"But we've got sorghum that's going to start coming off in the next couple of weeks and we really don't want to get rain on those crops.

"It is a real challenging time.”

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lachlan Stoney told the Dalby Herald Mother Nature is expected to provide only a minuscule amount of relief from the dry.

"Most of the showers that are coming in are reasonably light and they tend to get caught by the ranges just to the east,” Mr Stoney said.

The director and agronomist for Dalby Rural Supplies said in these times, the most productive thing to do is to simply "keep

going”.

"You get a crop in the ground and you've still got to continue to grow it,” Mr Johnston said.

"You've got to try and hope for the best.

"The farming sector and the rural sector is an extremely resilient industry.”

Mr Johnston said farmers can install systems to help the crops during the drought.


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