Weekend rain has given farmers confidence

RAIN: Dalby received 11.4mm of rain according to the Bureau of Meteorology on Friday night.
RAIN: Dalby received 11.4mm of rain according to the Bureau of Meteorology on Friday night. Michael Doyle

THIS weekend has provided farmers with a more promising outlook for the months ahead, with the weekend rain providing a glimmer of relief for the area.

After an extended period of time without rain, Dalby is experience its heaviest rainfall in months, albeit a small rainfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 11.4mm of rain on Friday, and 5.8mm on Saturday.

The bulk of the rain is predicted to have past, with a minimal chance of showers until Thursday.

However, the rain has given a boost to farmers in the region who desperately needed decent falls.

Macalister farmer David Buckley, who said last week he needed at least 40mm in a fortnight to have any chance of salvaging his winter season says he received that last week.

Farmer and AgForce member Kim Bremner, said his property east of Dalby received 25mm and is a great start for farmers.

"The rain we have got is a great start for farmers ahead of the summer,” Mr Bremner said.

"It is hard to plan for the season when you are looking at dry dirt, but this rain will give farmers confidence.”

While Mr Bremner concedes farmers will need a lot more rain over the coming months, he says recent weather forecasts he has seen are promising for the region.

"Looking at the Bureau's forecast we could possibly get a good summer with average or even above average rain,” he said.

"It is not a guarantee but it gives us confidence for a good summer.”

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