Homes and many crops were inundated when the Myall Creek flooded in Dalby.
Homes and many crops were inundated when the Myall Creek flooded in Dalby. Western Downs Regional Council

Dalby's sorghum harvest hit hard by floodwater

DALBY farmers are counting their losses after floodwater swamped dozens of properties at sorghum harvest time.

Kupunn farmer and AgForce Queensland grains president Wayne Newton said "pretty well everyone" in the Dalby district had some water across their crops.

He said many sorghum crops were "sprouting", with seeds in the head of the plant germinating.

"That in itself will cause downgrades," Mr Newton said.

"The sprouting process causes some of the grain in head to fall out, and they're losing grain every day.

"For most people it'll be about downgrades and some loss, five or 10% in some cases. (But) famers right on the rivers may well lose everything."

Some farmers in the Dalby district have predicted that it will be ten days to two weeks before they can recommence harvesting.

There is a silver lining, however, for some growers.

"There are some late planted mung beans that have actually benefitted, they're looking incredible, in the areas where they haven't been drowned," Mr Newton said.

Residents needing assistance in cleaning out their home, including heavy lifting, should contact Western Downs Regional Council to get rural fire brigade assistance.



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