Gympie producers explain major concern with weather outlook
GYMPIE producers are on a knife's edge with predicted and continuing severe storm activity threatening crops this week.
Despite the much-needed rain helping farmers out west, producers are praying that the hail holds off, otherwise next year's crop could be lost.
John and Julia Tidy of Wharenui Avocados at Amamoor are concerned.
"We've got 1000 trees of avocados. So far we've picked 500 trees and the rest should be picked by December,” Mr Tidy said.
"You can't really do anything to prevent hail but hope and pray you don't get hit.
"I could lose all of next year's crop if we do get hail, and it's also the flow-on effect from season to season. Once you get hit, it puts everything else back.”
Mr Tidy said it was a gamble to be a producer or farmer.
"You are constantly battling wind, bird and hail damage as well as unpredictable weather conditions,” he said.
Lotza Limes at Langshaw have 600 lime trees in production but the only concern lies with how much hail has been forecast.
Owners Stephen and his wife Jennie Collett are happy with how much rain has fallen this week.
"On Saturday we received 36mm, 18mm on Monday and last night we got 30mm,” Mr Collett said.
"With storms forecast all week and some more rain on Saturday, we could possibly get 100mm which would be great.”
Mr Collett said they were struggling last week as their bore was empty, but due to the recent rainfall the tank was filling up.
"It was looking pretty dry before, and it was too expensive to refill the bore so this rain will help refill it,” he said.
The wet weather is expected to stay until the weekend, Bureau of Metereologist forecaster Lauren Pattie said.
"It's a complicated weather pattern,” Miss Pattie said.
"By tomorrow we're expecting the surface trough to track north, with the possibility of another storm on Saturday.”