Heat 'another nail in the coffin' for Aussie-grown food

RECENT extreme heat was "just another nail in the coffin" for Australian-grown food, Goomboorian cropper and Gympie Packhouse official Peter Buchanan said this week.

The heat would have been devastating for some growers, but hostile markets meant weather conditions were the least of farmers' worries these days.

He said the timing of recent heat wave conditions was the best news growers could expect from the situation.

"It's probably fortunate that it's between seasons," he said.

"If anyone had anything in the ground, they'd have had damage.

"There's not a lot of small crops grown at this time of year, but if anyone had anything planted, the seed would be boiled in the ground."

Mr Buchanan said he could sympathise with reports from lettuce growers complaining that the heat had made their salad crops "bolt to seed", with the plants rendered unsaleable.

"We're getting out of pineapples and we're growing sugar cane," Mr Buchanan said.

"We're dry land farming, without irrigation and when it doesn't rain the cane doesn't grow.

"And if you've got irrigation, you have to worry about your power bill."

Ginger growers also would have had problems.

Kandanga passionfruit grower Ken Ward said the heat was a problem because growers had to pick the crop before it got sunburnt.

But there was still time for his vines to benefit, with wet season rains probably on the way in the next few weeks.

"The (passionfruit) vines do need water," Mr Ward said. "The irrigation keeps them alive, but it does not replace good rain.

"Our season is from January to September.

"Last year it was dry for most of January, with rain at the end. We probably don't need that much rain though."

Mr Buchanan said dairy farm production also "gets knocked around" in the heat.

"But there are hardly any dairy farmers left," he said.

"It's not the first heat wave we've had. Our big problem in all sectors is the market.

"We're getting the same prices or less than we were getting 10 years ago.

"If you get good weather, you get good production and over-production, and you don't get good prices.

"People have to get used to the fact that their children are not going to be eating Australian-grown food."

Gympie Times

Topics:  extreme heat produce

Two children watched mother die in Dreamworld horror

TWO children watched their mother die in Dreamworld horror

Tin Can Bay jetty on council's agenda

Cooloola Coast Councillor Mark McDonald will be considering a propsed jetty at Tin Can Bay.

Council will consider a petition to build a jetty at Tin Can Bay.

Why sugar is even worse for teenagers

Sugar-filled drinks are particularly bad for teens.

Diets high in refined sugar and saturated fat hit brain function

Local Partners

Gympie Jazz and Wine on Wishlist for 2017

After a rousing success at this year's Jazz and Wine Festival, organisers are eyeing August next year for the next one.

Racer seeks Bright future in fight against breast cancer

Sheree Bright takes a corner on Sheeza Instant Gem.

Gympie's Sheree Bright will be racing to raise funds for cancer.

Help make a difference at this weekend's Relay for Life

FILE PHOTO: Another Relay for Life event in Queensland last month.

More than 850 people to walk in Gympie to support cancer sufferers

Rush Festival gets the crowd warmed up

ROCKING OUT: 28 Days rocks out in Nelson Reserve on Sunday night as part of the Rush Festival concert in the park.

Things heated up on stage on a cold Gympie night for the Rush Fest

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Woolies announces closure of Ipswich store

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June