Good and bad for growers

AS always, the rain of the past few weeks has delivered mixed fortunes for the region’s primary producers.

Canegrower Mark Heidke was rejoicing as his property near the Hummock enjoyed another 50mm yesterday.

“Before that we would have had 13 inches since the beginning of February,” he said.

“It’s pretty full on, but it’s been good for the cane, and we have no small crops in.”

Near Gin Gin, mango grower Col Jeacocke said the wet weather was holding up the harvest of late varieties that were still on the trees.

“The more rain you get the more the quality deteriorates and the more you lose to flying foxes and birds,” he said.



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