GOOD START: Peanut farmers Tom and Kev Liesegang are waiting for rain to stop before completing their planting. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
GOOD START: Peanut farmers Tom and Kev Liesegang are waiting for rain to stop before completing their planting. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White

Perfect start to the South Burnett peanut season

ALAN Sommerfeld is looking forward to a decent crop after planting his peanuts earlier than last year.

Last season Coolabunia peanut farmer Alan Sommerfeld was still planting peanuts in January and this year finished planting on Monday.

"Great to have them in early for a change," he said. Last season Mr Sommerfeld said he waited for rainfalls in December before he could plant.

"Well, normally about now, I guess, ended up with a normal time, unlike last year - we were still planting in January. We didn't get rain, then got a lot of rain," he said.

"Then got a lot of rain and delayed planting."

Mr Sommerfeld said he would normally harvest in April.

He's planted 60 acres of peanuts, less than last year's crop, to make room for his corn.

"The rain has been positive for us," he said.

"So far we've had a perfect start to a season."

He said he would like the rain to continue even though it may be an El Niño year.

"If we keep getting these storms it will be fine," he said.

Sonie Crompton from G Crompton and Sons, peanut growers in Crawford, said they had planted early this year after rain and received good falls after planting.

"This year harvest will be a month ahead of where it was last year, mid to end of March for harvest," he said.

"So that's a normal yield."

Last year both Mr Sommerfeld and Mr Crompton planted late after late rainfalls in December.

"You need it dry enough so you can get on the ground," Mr Crompton said.

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