Rain pain for peanuts

Rain has caused a few challenges for South Burnett peanut farmers.
Rain has caused a few challenges for South Burnett peanut farmers.

PEANUT farmers have been playing a game of cat and mouse with the rain gods, trying to harvest before wet weather hits.

The wet weekend is forecasted to extend into the week and those with peanuts still in the ground are concerned what it will do to their returns.

Coolabunia peanut farmer Alan Sommerfeld said even though Monday had brought a small amount of of rain, the drizzle had proved to be a real pain.

"I had some peanuts ready to thrash this week but we can't do anything in this weather," Mr Sommerfeld said.

Mr Sommerfeld said the recent rain had put a dampener on his season.

"It's just prolonging the agony."

Fellow Coolabunia farmer Evan Blanche had better fortunes after he managed to harvest before the rain hit.

Mr Blanche said his crops were unharmed due to some fortunate timing.

"I've had a little bit of a weeding program going on and fortunately pulled them out already," Mr Blanche said.

Spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology Gordon Banks said the weather cycle for the rest of the week would be warmer than usual with patches of rain.

Wednesday will be the warmest day of the cycle, treating the region to a mild 25 degrees and sunshine with the chance of a shower in the afternoon.

Mr Banks said the weather pattern could bring low clouds which had the appearance of fog.

"Effectively the cloud lowering to a point where it's on the ranges, appearing as fog," he said.

The lowest temperature recorded yesterday morning was 15 degrees which Mr Banks said was two to four degrees warmer than the average for this time of year.

The warm weather is a welcome change for some after last week's cold snap saw Kingaroy temperatures recording some of the lowest numbers in the state.

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