Summer veg ready for rain
VEGETABLE farmers have received below average prices for winter crops this season due to an oversupply in the market.
Landmark Gatton’s branch manager Chris Rutland said the relatively dry winter resulted in positive yields and quality but was unfortunately not backed up in the market.
“We didn’t have any supply gaps in the market, hence why we didn’t get a price bump,” he said.
Elders horticulture agronomist Greg Teske echoed Mr Rutland, saying because of the dry weather there were minimal pest and disease issues.
But he said recent rain was delaying harvest of some potato and onion crops.
“The growers have gone through six months of no rain, now they are having to wait to harvest because of the rain,” he said.
Corn, pumpkin, green bean, melon and tomato crops are expected to begin emerging soon with a number of the summer crops already in the ground.
Mr Rutland said growing conditions would come down to water availability.
He said during the winter crop growing season, growers had reasonable water quality and availability at planting, but towards the middle and end of the season the volume and quality declined.
“We’re going to need some decent rainfall to top up bore levels and water quality,” he said.
“We’re going to need four to six inches to have any effect on bore levels.”
Mr Rutland said bore levels would remain under pressure unless there was a small to medium flood event.