Drilling bogged down by weather
WITH floods hitting the Highlands hard, drilling at Springsure Creek has ground to a halt, with the property saturated by heavy rainfall.
“We’re surrounded by water here,” said property owner Kate Sullivan.
“There’s the Comet River floodplain to the east, we’ve got a couple of creeks running through our property, there’s Springsure Creek to the west and Minerva and Sandhurst creeks to the north-west,” Kate said.
Kate said the wet weather had impacted on drilling work being undertaken on the property by Bandanna Energy.
“It’s a black soil area - so it retains water really well, which means any work becomes impossible when it’s wet.”
“It’s not in ours, or Bandanna’s, best interests to drive in a wet paddock, and we have had to get a tractor out before when it got bogged.”
Kate said fortunately the wheat had all been harvested before the wet weather set in, but it still had to be downgraded to feed quality because of heavy rainfall.
“We lost $300,000 just in downgrading it, but there were so many other property owners in the area who also had to downgrade their wheat,” she said.
“We were really hoping to get some dry weather so we could start planting sorghum.
“I’d like to have at least half of it done before Christmas so we can have the holiday off, but I guess we’ll just have to use the dry days as much as we can.
“We appreciate getting some rain but we’ve really had enough now.”
Kate said the rain had brought with it some hungry visitors.
“We’ve got water birds looking for fish in some of the bigger puddles. There are far more of them than usual.”