Ian McConachie and all the macadamia flowers on his plantation at Wolvi.
Ian McConachie and all the macadamia flowers on his plantation at Wolvi. Craig Warhurst

Region blooms as spring takes hold

IT’S been a terrific start to the spring growing season, with nearly 50mm in Gympie and more than 100mm recorded at the Cooloola Coast.

Dams overflowed, livestock gorged and green fertile pastures waved in the gentle breezes yesterday as primary producers welcomed what they hope will turn out to be just the right amount of wet stuff.

Macadamia industry pioneer Ian McConachie said the big falls over the weekend were just what the doctor ordered for his water starved industry.

He just hopes orchardists don’t end up with too much of a good thing.

“You can get too much rain, if the flowers get so wet the bees can’t pollinate them.

“But we’re having terrific blooms now. The trees are almost more white than green.

“The Australian crop suffered significantly last season and supplies have been short.

“We’ve been getting desperate,” he said.

“But the trees are virtually in full flower now. They look a picture,” he said.

“The trees have a delicious caramel smell and at the moment we’re optimistic.

“It’s been good soaking rain and just what we needed to start the season.

“But Mother Nature is always ready to upset us,” he said.

Irrigation farmers celebrated full dams and, as Cedar Pocket dairy farmer Len Thefs said, “It’s been a really good start to spring.”

The 30mm recorded at Kilkivan Post Office was described as “really good”.

Galstonbury grazier Jim Geiger thought it was wonderful.

“We want it and we want another lot on a week or two. We just want a bit of sun in between to make it grow,” he said.

Gympie Times


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