Rain did more good than not

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE RURAL -

BLUE Cow Citrus out­side of Gayndah is en­joy­ing some of the ben­e­fits of the del­uge pro­vided by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie with wa­ter lev­els high and the pick­ing sea­son com­ing along as ex­pected.

Blue Cow Citrus pack­ing shed man­ager Chris Bryant said the or­chard was al­ready look­ing at a late sea­son.

“Our sea­son was al­ready pushed back, it was just a late sea­son in the area re­ally,” Mr Bryant said.

“It did de­lay us with lemons and they are pop­u­lar com­ing up to Easter, but the im­pe­rial man­darins for us didn’t get de­layed.”

The heavy rain­fall did soften some skins on the im­pe­rial man­darins how­ever up­com­ing con­di­tions looked favourable.

“The skins since the rain have got a lit­tle softer so we are try­ing to pick more coloured fruit than nor­mal, avoid­ing the green fruit, just be­cause of the rain soft­en­ing the skin,” Mr Bryant said.

“The cooler morn­ings and clear days is what we want to help get them back where they should be.”

Be­cause of how wide­spread the rain was across the North Bur­nett fears of los­ing out on early mar­ket prices were put to ease.

“Be­cause ev­ery­one got the rain ev­ery­one stopped so it was fine,” Mr Bryant said.

“It left it as an even play­ing field be­cause it wasn’t like one side of the town got rain and the other didn’t.”

The rain brought with it some much needed wa­ter re­serves.

“It was beau­ti­ful, ob­vi­ously graz­ing wise go­ing into win­ter was look­ing pretty scary but now it looks great,” Mr Bryant said.

“And for the citrus all that rain flushed the river out, the wa­ter was getting a bit salty.”

Mr Bryant also said the num­ber of back­pack­ers this sea­son was al­ready look­ing to be on par with pre­vi­ous years.

“There’s a healthy sup­ply of back­pack­ers here,” Mr Bryant said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MIN­I­MAL IM­PACT: Blue Cow’s pick­ing sea­son is on track.

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