Jondaryan grain producer Russell Grundy said the weekend’s rain set him up for a summer crop.
Jondaryan grain producer Russell Grundy said the weekend’s rain set him up for a summer crop.

Muddy days ahead as farmers capitalise on wet weather

As the rain approached, Jondaryan grain grower Russell Grundy feared the coming deluge would wreck his wheat crop, but it looks like it survived mostly intact.

“I think we dodged a bullet,” he said.

“We didn’t get as much rain as was predicted and now the sun is out.

“If it doesn’t rain (today) were should be right to start harvesting by Wednesday.”

All up his farm got about 50mm of rain.

“It is enough to plant a summer crop, then we will be really busy – planting and harvesting at the same time.”

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It was Oakey which recorded the biggest total in the region on Sunday, with 42.6mm of rain falling over a 24 hour period, according to data from the Bureau of Meteorology.

A majority of that, 34mm, was recorded between 7.30pm and 11.30pm, as thunderstorms lashed the Darling Downs.

Toowoomba saw similar totals, with the inner city weather station recording 32.6mm in 24 hours.

BOM is forecasting a low chance of showers today in Toowoomba, however the slow-moving upper trough is set to bring more rain to the region in the coming days.

Today there is a 70 per cent chance of rain in the city, with a possible storm on the cards in the late afternoon.

This weather pattern returns tomorrow, with a medium chance of showers expected, most likely in the morning and afternoon.

The forecast shows the weather clearing on Thursday, as the trough moves off the coast.

Originally published as Muddy days ahead as farmers capitalise on wet weather