as farm­ers battle big wet

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

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