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Farmers forge ahead despite dry season forecast

Miriam Hall and Cassie Hough, Thursday November 28, 2013 - 21:47 EDT
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Dry season predicted for Queensland's farmers - ABC

It's not the news many want - the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a drier than normal summer for much of north-east Australia.

The chances of exceeding the median rainfall during summer are 30 to 40 per cent over eastern Queensland, northeast NSW, and the eastern Top End of the NT.

In other words, the chances of below average rainfall are 60 to 70 per cent over these areas.

Many farmers in Queensland however are forging ahead with summer plantings looking at their own soil moisture and make decisions accordingly.

South Burnett agronomist Ian Crosthwaite says most growers have rotation they follow regardless of the season predictions.

"I guess they've been through a lot of forecasts in the past when it says it won't rain and it does or it will rain and it doesn't."

"I think farmers are quite sceptical about these medium-term forecasts."

Crops such as cotton, peanuts, corn, sorghum, soy beans, mung beans and navy beans are grown in summer.

"Some growers may lower their corn planting if they're expecting a dry year, but other than that they're just taking the season as it comes," Mr Crosthwaite says


- ABC

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