NOT A DROP: Cane farmer Clyde Hubert on his parched Gooburrum property.
NOT A DROP: Cane farmer Clyde Hubert on his parched Gooburrum property. Simon Young BUNDRY

Hopes of rain dry up for our farmers

BUNDABERG farmers' hopes of getting some rain out of ex-tropical cyclone Hadi have evaporated.

Weather site Weatherzone said on Monday Hadi had formed in the Coral Sea as a tropical low, and was heading for the Queensland coast again.

There were hopes that the edge of the low would extend as far south as Bundaberg, bringing some much-needed rain to the region recently drought declared.

But on Tuesday Weatherzone meteorologist Guy Dixon said the low pressure system was very weak.

He said there was a fair amount of disagreement among the predictive models as to where it was going to cross the coast, if at all.

But he said most of the models had it crossing the coast north of Cooktown as a very weak system.

Mr Dixon said the long-term possibility of rain was hard to predict.

Over the next few days there would be a high-pressure system near the Queensland coast and a low pressure ridge inland.

"We can expect some showers around the coast," he said.

There could be showers tomorrow delivering between one and 5mm, not enough to deliver any relief to farmers in the region.

On Friday the low-pressure trough would deliver winds and possible storms.

Mr Dixon said over the weekend there would be some showers, again delivering just one to 5mm of rain.

Bundaberg Canegrowers chairman Allan Dingle was philosophical about the forecast.

"We'll just have to wait and see," he said.

The estimated cane harvest was recently downgraded to 1.45 million tonnes, and Mr Dingle said for the moment that would remain the figure.

"We probably won't look at it again until the end of the month," he said.

"I don't think much will have changed."

Mr Dingle said most cane growers would have used up their water allocation, and they would have to carefully consider the pros and cons of buying in more water and whether it would be beneficial to apply it to their crops.

RAINFALL

Total this month: 18.4mm

Long-term average: 115.5mm

Total to this day 2013: 877.6mm

Total 2014: 120mm



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