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Darling Downs farmers will battle on, whatever the weather

WEATHER conditions have delivered a mixed bag of crop yields for Darling Downs producers.

While some farmers are looking at strong yields topping 2014 levels, others who missed critical seasonal storms are facing a bleak haul.

Senior agronomist Paul McIntosh said some wheat producers had reported yields of about four tonnes to the hectare but other crops were delivering a "mixed bag" of yields.

He said forecast hot weather would benefit the broadacre producers that left paddocks fallow for a season which had then received some rainfall to boost soil moisture profiles.

"A lot of our summer plants, and in particular cotton, do grow better in a hotter environment," Mr McIntosh said.

"But they need the moisture to be in the soil.

"The prospect for summer crops is looking encouraging, especially those farmers where rain fell back in May."

Mr McIntosh said the Bureau of Meteorology's forecast El Nino weather event had been met with doubt by some Darling Downs producers.

But regardless of how the weather played out, he said producers would continue to work the land.

"There has been a bit of disbelief in the prediction and they (farmers) are not spooked by it," he said.

"When you're on the land, you play the weather as it comes.

"Farmers will build up the soil moisture profiles then commit to planting so in that regard, it doesn't matter if it is an El Nino or not, it's just another year on the calendar."

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