It’s been a long wait for rain for Windhum Farms owner Darren Zunker with the driest November in Bundaberg since records began.
It’s been a long wait for rain for Windhum Farms owner Darren Zunker with the driest November in Bundaberg since records began. Max Fleet BUNDRY

Farmers looking to skies for rain

SWEET potato farmer Darren Zunker is one of many people on the land in the Bundaberg region anxiously scanning the skies for some relief from the big dry.

And after the driest start to November for 51 years, some relief may be on the way this week.

The district has only had 0.4mm of rain so far this month.

Mr Zunker yesterday told the NewsMail that he needed the water to get the ground prepared for next year's crop.

"We have got 100% allocations this year and I'm very happy about it," he said.

"We have to run the irrigation system for three or four hours a day to keep the ground moist."

Mr Zunker said he was hoping the district would receive about 40mm of water from storms predicted for late this week.

But Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Otto said they were downgrading predictions of rain for later in the week.

"Bundaberg should get at least showers but the more solid stuff will be inland," he said.

Mr Otto said the bureau as predicting isolated showers and thunderstorms for tomorrow and Friday, continuing into Saturday.

"You should get something to green the grass," he said.



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