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Farm­ers hope for dry end to av­er­age sea­son:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

IT ISN’T some­thing the man on the land wishes for, but Coal­stoun Lakes peanut farmer Kerry Dove has his fin­gers crossed there isn’t any rain for a cou­ple of weeks.

Check­ing on the weather fore­cast, Mr Dove said he hoped there wouldn’t be any rain out of the next change com­ing through.

“It will do us some harm,” he said.

Kerry and son Jarred are the last of the dis­trict farm­ers to fin­ish pulling and thresh­ing this sea­son’s crop.

“Looks like it could be my shout,” he said.

Mr Dove said it was a joke among the farm­ers that the last to fin­ish thresh­ing had to share a car­ton of beer.

He said his sea­son had been a roller coaster ride.

“There has been good and bad patches.”

Mr Dove said the Span­ish va­ri­ety had been a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment.

“It’s been an av­er­age crop plus the price came back,” he said.

“As it’s been a bit of a dry fin­ish a lit­tle bit of mould has taken its toll.

“Un­for­tu­nately that is all part of grow­ing peanuts.”

What has been the big­gest headache for farm­ers has been the dam­age by wild pigs.

This week Mr Dove found about 15 acres he wouldn’t be har­vest­ing.

“This is just an­other loss for us,” he said.

“The soil has been soft­ened from a storm a cou­ple of weeks ago.

“This proves a haven for pigs.

“Af­ter they eat the nuts the bushes are left be­hind.”

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

SEA­SON AL­MOST OVER: Coal­stoun Lakes peanut farm­ers have vir­tu­ally fin­ished thresh­ing this sea­son’s peanut crop.

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