HAPPY DAYS: Monto farmer Peter Jamieson says the cold weather was not a worry for farmers.
HAPPY DAYS: Monto farmer Peter Jamieson says the cold weather was not a worry for farmers. Emily Smith

Cool temperatures a breeze for our farmers

COLD weather has been a popular topic in the North Burnett with some towns reaching their lowest temperatures of the year.

Monto dipped into the negatives and hit -1.9 degrees on July 18, while Gayndah reached exactly zero degrees on July 13.

The chill may have left residents unable to feel their toes, but the farmers weren't complaining.

With -3 degrees last year's lowest temperature in Monto, farmer Boyd Johnston said the cold was nothing new and came with benefits.

"The cold helped knock out the buffalo fly and clean up other parasites," he said.

"It is especially good for pecan nut trees - which I grow.

"There aren't really any negative impacts from the cold. There is a lot of superstition around weather, but often there isn't a rhyme or reason to it.

"We could be anticipating a dry spring, and it wouldn't surprise me if we have a wet one.

"The only thing I really don't like is huge floods."

Peter Jamieson has found a positive consequence even from the floods.

"We are lucky that the water levels in irrigation are higher this year," he said.

"The cold allows some crops to hibernate, so in spring they are more vigorous because they had a rest.

"The negative I can think of it is takes quality out of grass.

"(Cattle) deal with it as long as they get a good feed."


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