Backpackers brave the wet and windy conditions to work in the mud but the good news is the weather is expected to clear up today. Scottie Simmonds BUN270612WET1
Backpackers brave the wet and windy conditions to work in the mud but the good news is the weather is expected to clear up today. Scottie Simmonds BUN270612WET1

Rain and mud all part of the game

IF YOU'VE been annoyed by the cold, drizzly weather of the past five days, spare a thought for the region's growers who have suffered crop damage and harvest delays.

The gloomy conditions have brought things to a standstill for Welcome Creek macadamia farmer Geoff Chivers.

"We were getting close to the end of harvest, but the rains brought that to an abrupt halt," he said.

"We've had about 50mm over two to three days.

"Hopefully it will clear up quickly."

Tina McPherson, owner of strawberry farm Tinaberries, said that, although any rain in the production season was unwelcome, June was the preferred time as opposed to August or September.

"We are very early in the season, so we're not in peak production at the moment," she said.

"We've been picking though the rain and we have been selling rain-affected seconds."

Mrs McPherson said she was surprised, despite the wet and muddy conditions, so many people had been visiting the farm and buying berries.

With the Bureau of Meteorology app permanently on her husband's iPhone, she said they had good warning the rain was coming and they had prepared accordingly.

"We picked as much as we could that was ripe before the rain," she said.

"So we haven't had a lot of waste."

According to Bureau of Metrology forecaster Sam Campbell, conditions should start to clear today and fine weather could be expected over the weekend and into early next week, with maximums increasing to about 20-21 degrees.

"The rain has been caused by a mid to upper-level trough over south-east Queensland," he said.

"We expect it to move offshore by 10am Thursday, taking most of the heavy rain with it."



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