Rain welcome but too late for many farmers

CANEGROWERS  have welcomed rainfall that has broken the months-long drought affecting the Fraser Coast, but the rain may have come too late for some farmers.

Cane Farmers Maryborough general manager Trevor Turner said the massive rainfalls had filled water storages such as the Mary River barrage, from where farmers draw their irrigation.

"It has fallen a little later than we would have liked," he said.

This year's crush is predicted to be about half its normal size.

The organisation has previously estimated a loss for the industry of about $50 million this year.

Mr Turner said the most severely affected farmers would not feel the benefit of last week's downpourl because it would be too late to plant new crops for this season.

Before last week, less than 10mm of rain had fallen on the area this month.

A total of 162mm fell over three days last week.



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