LIFESAVING HAY: Hay will still be needed for livestock even after the rain of the past week.
LIFESAVING HAY: Hay will still be needed for livestock even after the rain of the past week. Gerard Walsh

Best rain in 50 years - the best but definitely not the most

DRY AS A BONE column in Bush Telegraph by Gerard Walsh - A lighter look at rural life

I HAVE been measuring the rain for 50 years and I will say it - the best rain in that time was the 77.9mm we had in a 10-day period to Sunday.

I claim it as the best because it was great follow up to a couple of smaller falls, 15.6mm and 16.2mm, in the previous six weeks.

It is also the best because the situation of anyone with livestock or needing a grain crop to stay afloat was as bad as I have seen it.

It would seem most people recorded 50mm plus. I stress I am talking best rain, definitely not most rain.

The 77.9mm was the recording at our Greymare property but there were heavier falls around.

There was an extra 22mm around the Greymare Hall on Back To Greymare day when we only had 1mm at the farm.

On Saturday, I was driving from the farm to Warwick and there had been a heavy fall between Leslie and Warwick.

Water was running everywhere and there was some water in a dam near the highway that was empty a day or two earlier.

Speaking to BOM on Sunday, there was 22mm at Carr's Lookout and 20mm in the Queen Mary Falls area, the highest in the region from 9am Saturday to 9am Sunday.

Anyone talking about the end of the drought better wait for a while. We need follow up within the next fortnight.

I was speaking to a fellow farmer at Olsens Produce on Saturday morning who was inquiring about summer seed and even asked if he would have forage hay for sale so we are prepared for the next drought.

I don't usually forward think that far ahead but assuming there is follow up rain and we can eventually move out of drought, now is the time we should be thinking about how to prepare better for the next drought.

I hate saying it but looking around the world, we do seem to be having more weather highs and lows than we did in the consistent old weather days.

America is a prime example, I can't remember all these hurricanes years ago like they are experiencing now.

Mower ready

THE CEO commented about a neighbour talking about me mowing the lawn.

She hadn't noticed the lawn too unruly so then I told the CEO that I had written in last week's column that I won a mower in the raffle at Back To Greymare.

I recently said I would open the mail after the CEO collected it. She is a bit too smart for me, she was keen to see first how big the produce bills were. The only bill I deliberately get sent to the farm was for feedlot mix.



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