Farmers adapt from the heat to the wet

WET TO HOT: The rain came as a relief for James Bargenquast after last week's heat wave.
WET TO HOT: The rain came as a relief for James Bargenquast after last week's heat wave. Contributed

FROM scorching heat to downpours, it hasn't been easy to be a farmer in the North Burnett.

The rain that fell over Tuesday and yesterday has been a relief for many, who last week were battered with maximum temperatures of up to 40 degrees.

Monto producer James Bargenquast, who runs cattle out at his property on Glencoe Rd, received 50mm over the past two days.

Mr Bargenquast works closely with working dogs on his property, so the rain gave him and his dogs some much-needed relief after struggling to work through the previous week.

"It's all about working around the heat, finding the time to start earlier and limiting the workload during the day,” he said.

"We had enough subsoil moisture to carry us through but parts of the country dried up a bit.”

The rain has kept him from further working on his property, but for now the extra layer of moisture has made it worthwhile.

Last year, the region was drought-declared, but on the verge of flooding.

"It's grounded everything off and kept the moisture in the ground,” he said.

"Hopefully it'll help things along with the breeders, this time last year was very dry, we were right before (Cyclone) Debbie hit.”

With storms forecast to continue through until the next week, there is a risk the light relief provided for now will end up being too much.

"At the moment, we can handle it, but it'll depend on how it falls, if it's spread out or not,” Mr Bargenquast said.

Topics:  farming heatwave north burnett rainfall weather

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