YOUR RURAL NEWS
Farmers hope for dry end to average season:
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.”
SEASON ALMOST OVER: Coalstoun Lakes peanut farmers have virtually finished threshing this season’s peanut crop.