LEN Carlson, a bean farmer for 55 years, shows some of his six-day-old beans. He will plant up to 130 acres of beans this year.
LEN Carlson, a bean farmer for 55 years, shows some of his six-day-old beans. He will plant up to 130 acres of beans this year. Craig Warhurst

Solid rain sees farmers smile

LOCAL bean growers have been happy with summer rains boosting water supply in preparation for their first crops of the year.

Mooloo farmer Len Carlson, who has just planted a summer crop, welcomed the latest downpours.

“It’s been good for cover crops,” Mr Carlson said, adding it was “good weather for repairing machinery”.

When not growing beans he plants sorghum which he ploughs into the earth to get the soil ready for the next crop.

He also has a few cattle that benefit from the rain which boosts their grass supply.

Mr Carlson said the more it rained the more cover crop could grow and the more mulch he could put back into the ground.

His cover crop has grown about one metre in the last month and, six days ago, he planted some bean seed which is already enjoying the benefits of the moist earth.

But as luck would have it, two weeks ago his first batch of beans – planted in a one-acre plot – had just come out of the ground when they were eaten by wood ducks.

Curra bean grower George Fewtrell said he wouldn’t start planting until mid-March so the recent rain was a good lead-up.

He said it was good to get a bit of moisture in the ground and it had been good grass-growing weather.

While February and January rain had improved the yield potential for summer crops, the overall area planted and production was forecast to be lower than last season, according to the Australian Crop Report.

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for Gympie.

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