as farmers battle big wet
fallen in the area in the 36 hours to 10am yesterday.
He said Bowen’s Don River was the highest it had been for the year.
‘‘ And they are predicti n g more rain ,’’Mr Walker said.
‘‘ It will be one of those years that are up and down. All we can hope for is that the rain will turn our season into a payable one and that mud makes money.’’ He s ai d t he almost constant rain and the detrimental impact on crop plantings and production could mean a lessening in supply that would drive prices up in order to meet higher consumer demand.
He said this sort of supply-demand scenario would work in farmers’ favour as long as prices did not get too high.
‘‘ Once things get too high, people stop buying,’’ Mr walker said.
‘‘ Bananas are $ 12 a kilo now. Not everyone will pay that for bananas.’’
Mr Brackley said he was confident that with the rain as it was, prices would hold. The problem was finding the windows of opportunity to get on to wet paddocks to plant.
‘‘ I’m pulling everything out of the bag that I’ve learned over 25 years,’’ Mr Brackley said . ‘ ‘ Fungus is our main problem now.’’
Mr Walker said plantings that have already been completed should ensure there was adequate supply of Bowen staples such as tomatoes, egg plant and capsicums as the season progressed.
He said that with the rain it could mean that there would be periods of low supply followed by periods of high supply as the sea song round toward year’s end.
‘‘ It will be a stop, go, stop go, sort of year,’’ Mr Walker said.
He said one thing the district could count on was a ready availability of water. He said the underground a quifer would be full.
‘‘ We have some years when it’s so dry we can’t plant,’’ Mr Walker said.