Agriculture in and around Cowell
In 1853 the districts first farmers settled, and the clearing of
land began. Since then the land-surrounding Cowell has been used
for both crop and livestock farming. The major crops of the area
are cereals (wheat, barley and oats), legumes are also grown.
The local rainfall can be somewhat unreliable with an average of 281mm.
The agricultural land surrounding Cowell varies greatly in topography, from the flats north of Cowell to Mt Olinthus at 455m in the Cowell-Cleve hills.
Salinity is yet to be the big issue it is else where, with some areas affected by dryland salts and coastal salt swamps surrounding Franklin Harbour.
The land has been cleared for many years however there are still many patches of remnant scrub in the area.
Bureau of Meteorology - Silo Services for Agriculture