Rain good for beef and bad for corn
Much needed rain has fallen in Queensland grazing country in the southern part of the central highlands.
Falls from 25 to 125 millimetres have been recorded in the region after almost a week of wet weather.
Grazier Anita Lethbridge, from Aqua Park near Taroom, says the 75 millimetres that's fallen this week is the best rain they've had all year.
"We're grinning from ear to ear with over three inches here and up to five in the district, it's absolutely fabulous," she said.
"It has been very dry. We haven't had a great deal of rain this year and this is the first time we've had water running ,so it's great for our dams."
She says it's also great news for broadacre farmers with grain crops already planted.
It has also meant a large prime cattle auction at Roma saleyards has been cancelled, but the store cattle sale the following week will go ahead as scheduled.
The wet weather is not welcome in Australia's largest cane growing district, the Burdekin.
Persistent drizzle and overcast conditions has continued to thwart efforts to get all four sugar mills going again.
Growers in the Burdekin are meeting right now in the hope some harvesting might get underway tomorrow, but it's entirely dependent on the sun coming out and staying out.
Unseasonal rain has also hampered sugar and macadamia nut harvests in the Wide Bay district.
General manager for Maryborough region, MSF Sugar Ltd, Stewart Norton, says the rains have pushed the scheduled start date of June 18 back as late as mid-July.
However, he says the cane is still growing well and is hoping for good quality product.
Soggy conditions have also halted the almost-completed macadamia harvests around Bundaberg.