Rain did more good than not
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.
MINIMAL IMPACT: Blue Cow’s picking season is on track.