DEVASTATED farmers are counting the costs of a severe hail storm that wiped out crops in the Lockyer Valley.
Kalfresh farm manager Tony Byrne said a 15-minute barrage of hail could have cost his company between $300,000 and $400,000 in lost pumpkins and carrots.
He said he would probably have to plough about 20 hectares of pumpkins and about 8.5 hectares of carrots into the ground at his Lower Tenthill property.
"All the leaf is gone," Mr Byrne said.
"The hailstones have gone in and damaged the fruit."
Wednesday afternoon's storm bought hail nearly as big as golf balls.
"I'd say it is 100 per cent wiped out.
"It will be cheaper just to plough it in than continue."
The devastation came just a month before all of the crops were due to be harvested.
"We've just got to move onto the next crop."
A neighbouring crop of watermelons, owned by Windolf Farms, was also destroyed.
Company co-owner Sharron Windolf said 16 hectares of melons had not survived the downfall.
Some of them had been in the ground for a month, the rest for just a week.
She was driving home when the storm struck and took refuge in a shed.
"You could tell there was going to be nothing left," Mrs Windolf said.
"I think most farmers have been hit by hail in their working lives."
The crop cost about $100,000 to plant, which was compounded by the loss of harvest income.
Mrs Windolf said the company would have to absorb the loss as it was unable to insure crops.
It came after substantial losses in the floods of summer 2010/2011 as well as earlier this year.
"We'll have to just wipe that one and prepare winter crops."