Farmers across the Central and North Burnett region are using the opportunity to stock up on hay.Contributed
Farmers across the Central and North Burnett region are using the opportunity to stock up on hay.Contributed Contributed

Now is the time to store hay for farmers across region

MONTO farmer Rob Bygrave is taking the opportunity to stock up on hay following recent rain.

While weather patterns have benefited and frustrated farmers across the region, Mr Bygrave said this year was an improvement on 2014.

"There is still a demand for hay out west because of the drought, but because it has been raining here you can use the opportunity to store it until there is more of a market for it," he said.

"You need five-six days to get hay in, and the weather has generally allowed that to happen.

"With the season so good, lucent is yielding on average 40 bales an acre."

Monto farmer Arthur Maynard is also bailing hay at the moment, and said the past few weeks of storm has been his major challenge.

"We are getting phenomenal yield," he said.

Mr Maynard said the weather on top of good irrigation is responsible for the bumper crop.

"But the yield is starting to drop so we need to get in and do the cutting but can't get good timing," he said.

"It took me three goes to bail 500 acres because it kept starting to rain."

But the weather frustration is nothing new for a lucerne farmer.

"The problem with lucerneis you never know when you're going to cut," Mr Maynard said.

"To be a good lucerne grower, I always say you need to be half dead as you shouldn't be questioning too much - anyone that's impulsive or hyper active would never make a good lucerne grower."

The process involves first cutting the hay, then raking it until it is ready to bale.

Mr Maynard is waiting for the hay to dry so he can start cutting it.


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