Snowfall brings good news for some farmers in Southern Tablelands

The snow and rainfall has turned out to be good news for farmers as the region heads toward spring.

"The recent rain and snow has provided valuable moisture for some graziers in the Southern Tablelands and slopes, with some areas receiving 25-40mm," South East Local Land Services senior agricultural adviser, Matthew Lieschke said.

Matthew Lieschke feels that recent rain and snow has provided valuable moisture for some graziers in the Southern Tablelands and slopes. Photo: Neha Attre

Matthew Lieschke feels that recent rain and snow has provided valuable moisture for some graziers in the Southern Tablelands and slopes. Photo: Neha Attre

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Crookwell and Taralga received heavy snowfall which provided much needed moisture in the soil.

However, monitoring sites around Goulburn recorded only 10-20mm.

"The soil at these sites still remains very dry and will be of great concern for producers heading into spring," he said.

"Moisture probes at Bannister, Wheeo and Laggan are now indicating that soil moisture down to 60cm is almost near full capacity. This moisture is extremely valuable heading into spring."

Bannister witnessed an increase in soil moisture of up to 60cm after the site received 15mm of rainfall and a good amount of snow, bringing the total rainfall to 39mm from August 8-11.

Wheeo showed an increase in soil moisture in the top 40cm.

Photo from the Laggan Grazing Demonstration site where Laggan moisture probe is located. Photo: Shannon Arnall

Photo from the Laggan Grazing Demonstration site where Laggan moisture probe is located. Photo: Shannon Arnall

"Other areas to the north and west also recorded good rain with Bigga, Rugby and Bowning probe sites measuring 25 - 31mm," Mr Lieschke said.

Meanwhile, Local Land Services will be releasing their spring pasture outlook in early September.

"Understanding of soil moisture is helpful in making decisions at critical stages of the season," he said.

The report presents a pasture outlook for the probe sites across the Southern Tablelands and Highlands.