Eastern Eyre paddocks cause dust storms

DUSTY: Dust blows across one of the paddocks along the Lincoln Highway. Photo: Kirralee Beinke
DUSTY: Dust blows across one of the paddocks along the Lincoln Highway. Photo: Kirralee Beinke

Eastern Eyre were given a reminder of how recent weather conditions have affected farmers as a dust storm swept across Cowell and Arno Bay last Wednesday.

Northerly winds whipped up top soil from local paddocks, limiting visibility for cars driving along the Lincoln Highway between Cowell and Tumby Bay, as well as Arno Bay Road.

Cleve agronomist Martin Lovegrove said the area had experienced regular dust storms since April.

He said the driest areas had been southeast of Cleve, Arno Bay, Cowell and Darke Peak.

“Where it’s been blowing away they’ve not had a chance to get covered,” he said.

“It’s reopening wounds that have been there all year.”

Arno Bay Caravan Park owner Steven Dunn said while the storm was not as bad as the one on August 3, it had meant they had to go through the cabins to clean out dust that had blown in for the fifth time this year.

“The sad part is if you go for a drive between Cleve and Arno Bay, there are a couple of paddocks that are bare and are creating the dust storms,” he said.

Mr Lovegrove said despite this, August had not been a bad month for the Eastern Eyre area in terms of rain and there would be plenty of crops salvageable for a below average harvest.

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