Queensland Crops Damaged By Rains

Southeast Queensland got drenched last night with the heaviest rain in many years.

Just four days after storms brought damaging winds, hail and heavy rain to the southeast another trough has caused thunderstorms with torrential rain and damaging winds.

In just a few hours a massive 243mm of rain fell in Tallegalla, approximately 40 kilometres west of Brisbane. Although the records for this site are incomplete, 243mm smashed the previous highest record of 166mm in 1967.

In Gatton 170 millimetres was recorded, the heaviest 24hr total since 1992, and the heaviest November rain since 1898. Ipswich received 157mm, the heaviest since 1991, and largest November one-day total in 67 years.

Closer to the coast Brisbane received 79mm, their highest total since February 2004. This brings Brisbane's total rainfall for this month to 250 millimetres, already 150 millimetres above the long term average.

Analysts are saying that the rain has come at exactly the wrong time for ripened wheat ready to be cropped, and could well lead to some quality downgrades.

Reports are coming in of recently cut wheat that has "shot and sprung" (sprouted in the head) from Queensland and Northern NSW.

Wheat of this type is now only suitable for feed, which will put further pressure on barley and sorghum prices. Feed wheat is currently priced around A$70-A$90/tonne below milling wheat, traders said.