Wet weather makes mess of Coast strawberries
TWO weekends of rain have washed away profits for Sunshine Coast strawberry growers.
Chevallum strawberry farmer Rick Twist said 90 minutes of rain last Sunday afternoon had ruined about a third of his pick.
He said a pick usually lasted about three days but there would also be an impact on the next pick, although just how much damage was yet to be ascertained.
But Mr Twist said the damaged fruit was not the only cost.
The ruined berries still had to be picked, drains and roads had to be repaired, and the rain also meant more work had to be done fertilising and spraying plants.
Mr Twist said rain could also mean problems with grey mould and fungus.
"You can have clean rain but when you have a lot of turbulence, you can get problems with grey mould and fungus," he said.
"The ordinary person wouldn't realise it but when you have 'dirty' storms like we had, you can have a lot of 'dirty' air in there that really affects your plants.
"After a 'dirty' storm, you have more problems than normal."
Mr Twist, who was busy spraying his plants yesterday, said clear, dry weather, as seen on the Coast today, was what strawberry growers wanted at this time of year.