Sum­mer veg ready for rain

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

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.

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