HAD ENOUGH: Rus Salisbury isn't sure his farm can last another flood event
HAD ENOUGH: Rus Salisbury isn't sure his farm can last another flood event Jack Lawrie

Monto farmers left 'nervous'

PREDICTIONS of a possible cold, wet summer have Monto croppers saying 'enough is enough'.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a 70 per cent chance of a La Nina weather event developing over December through to February.

Climate models suggest cooler daytime temperatures and a higher chance of rain with possible flooding.

Monto producer Russ Salisbury said after seven years of consistent flooding events, including two in the past year alone, the farmers couldn't take much more.

"It is making everybody nervous, it will be pretty devastating if we get more flooding this summer,” Mr Salisbury said.

"Recovery will be pretty long if it happens again, we're still resurrecting flood-affected country at our property.”

Mr Salisbury has planted soybeans, mungbeans and sorghum for the summer.

He also has a corn crop set to come up at the end of the summer period.

His previous crop of chickpeas, wheat and barley was either downgraded or destroyed in the October flood event.

It has been a year of extremes, going from a severe wet event to a severe dry event.

"We're starting to wear a bit thin, financially it's been devastating but life goes on,” Mr Salisbury said.

Summer rain to benefit graziers

A wetter than average summer has its advantages, provided it doesn't turn to flooding.

The high likelihood of a La Nina event over the summer will be risky for producers, but a consistent flow of rain may be beneficial depending on the type of work.

Agronomist Kendall Muller said if the rain spreads itself out evenly over the three months rather than coming all at once, certain crops would survive.

"As long as the water stays in the creek, people growing more water-tolerant crops like soybeans, sorghum and corn will be alright,” Mr Muller said.

Graziers and cattle properties will see much clearer benefits, especially in comparison to last year's dry summer.

"It would set them up well for winter, again providing it doesn't flood,” Mr Muller said.


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