WE NEED RAIN: Trevor Campbell said the season had been one of the worst farmers in recent times.
WE NEED RAIN: Trevor Campbell said the season had been one of the worst farmers in recent times. Rhiannon Tuffield

Farmers pray for relief

BENAIR farmer Trevor Campbell is taking a gamble with his peanuts.

He's got 315 acres of peanuts in the ground and is hoping to get rain in the next couple of days.

"We were expecting a lot more, the weather bureau said the South Burnett was favoured to get rain and it's very deflating to not have it," he said.

"I know they don't get it right all the time, we got our hopes up."

Mr Campbell said they had about 6mm of rain but that had gone nowhere for his peanut crop.

"Hoping for some in the next couple of days to have rain, it's getting a bit concerning especially for peanuts that should have been in," he said.

This season is a huge difference from last November for Mr Campbell, who said he had all of his peanuts in the ground early in the month.

"Now the ground is too dry here, it's going to put us so far behind for our maize crop," he said.

"We can't work on the ground until it rains."

Mr Campbell said if it rained this week, the peanut crop he planted would be alright, but if it didn't he would lose money.

"We're probably fortunate or unfortunate to have got our peanuts in, there are a lot of people that don't have one peanut in the ground," Mr Campbell said.

"We'll be lucky or unlucky if we spend that money and don't get a return, or if it rains in the next couple of days we're going to be way ahead of everyone."

Mr Campbell said his peanuts looked okay at the moment.

"They can stand a bit of dry weather peanuts, they will just sit there and wait for rain," he said.

"Even 6mm the other day freshened them up, today they are back to where they were, it makes it difficult.

"We will see who is smiling in the next couple of weeks or we may have egg all over our faces.

"You do what you think is right at the time."