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Veggie, grain producers preparing for crops to be destroyed

UPDATE: WINTER veggie crops which have been inundated with flood water this morning may not produce the prettiest toil, Scenic Rim farmers warn.

Close to 80mm of rain was dumped on the fertile salad bowl in less than 12 hours, adding to the drenching which it received the week prior.

The rain put pressure on the fast-filling Moogerah Dam as farmers down stream watched their crops go under.

Kengoon Farming Kalbar owner Ed Windley said his plans to sew carrot and onion crops had been put on hold as carrots that were already in the ground were flooded.

"We've got a crop in the ground at the moment and more is waiting to go in, no one wants to see a flood at this time of year," he said. "Some of the produce is not going to come out looking very pretty, they don't like this amount of rain, they don't like being under water."

Mr Windley said the farm had faired the 2011 and 2013 floods and he was preparing for the worst this time around.

"They were pretty ugly, no one wants to see that again," he said. "You can never tell, these things change very quickly. The six inches we got last week already did some damage so that's only going to make things worse."
 

EARLIER: SCENIC Rim primary producers are preparing for what they expect could be more damaging rainfall on top of already flooding crops this afternoon.

Close to 80mm has been recorded at Kalbar since early this morning and while many properties are already at risk of significant flooding, farmers are preparing for the worst.

 

Property owners downstream from the near-full Moogerah dam are busy removing irrigation pumps from creek systems to avoid potentially losing thousands of dollars worth of equipment on top of lost productivity.

Scenic Rim Lucern owner Jenny and Russell Jenner are well versed in flood mitigation, having braved the 2011 and 2013 disasters.

 

Parts of their Kalbar lucerne farm are already drenched from this morning's deluge.

Mrs Jenner said rainfall last week had prepared them for winter but fresh falls today could push the water table to flood.

"We probably didn't really want a lot, we have general flooding but the big rains are coming this afternoon," she said.

"There has been some damage to the lucerne and a couple of paddocks are already under water.

"We've prepared (for flood) quite a lot it seems but this is the first since 2013."

While lucerne season is drawing to a close, Mrs Jenner said winter vegetable farmers were in more of a predicament as they prepared to plant their seasonal crops.

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