CANEFARMERS who were lucky to miss out on any great losses with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, have been hit hard with the second event only three weeks later, according to Chairman of Richmond River Cane Growers Association, Wayne Rodgers.
"On the Clarence River about 80% of canegrowers have been impacted in some form," he said.
"On the Richmond River, in the last event there was only light damage but in this current one many farmers around the Bungawalbin and Swan Bay area saw more damage."
Summertime floods are bad news as water trapped in the crops is then heated up by the sun which cooks everything with devastating effects.
Mr Rodgers estimated about 70% of Tweed farmers also had crops affected.
Canefarmers were meeting yesterday afternoon to discuss issues surrounding the flooding and what action could be taken.
Kilgin cane and rice grower Tony Carusi said the recent weather has not been good for any crops.
"The big killer is temperature," he said.
"Summertime floods are bad news as water trapped in the crops is then heated up by the sun which cooks everything with devastating effects."
Richmond Hill pecan farmers Geoff and Debbie Bugden have been devastated by the double whammy storms as well.
"We got smashed with Oswald and we had a peak crop where the trees were heavy with nut," Mr Bugden said.
"We lost about 5% of the orchard where trees were ripped out and 50% of the canopy was broken off."
The Department of Primary Industries is calling on Northern NSW producers to report their flood and wind damage from the recent event.
Farmers can report flood and storm damage and stock losses by calling the Damage Reporting Hotline on 1800 814 647; emailing information to email@example.com; accessing the on-line reporting by visiting the DPI website at: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/responses/flooding-2012/flood-damage-report or faxing information to Wollongbar DPI at (02) 6628 1744.
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