Rain dampens Bevan's sale hopes
WET weather brings mixed fortunes for primary industry. The land has significantly greened up across the region and with many waterways coming to life again, farmers are happily replenishing water supplies.
However, the volume of water comes with its own problems.
Recent rain may not be the best thing for Bevan Vanderwolf's “Dad's Secret Hideaway”. In drier times it's the perfect spot to grow lucerne.
With so much water around at the minute, Mr Vanderwolf said it's not the ideal time for lucerne and with all the wet weather he has been unable to tidy up the block.
The triangle of land went up for auction at the Jackie Howe Motel on Saturday, and though there was an interested party, no sale was made.
The land is situated on Victoria Street and lies on a waterhole in the Condamine River.
But for the forward-thinking invester, the property has a water allocation of 12 megalitres from the river and eight megalitres from underground water.
Real Estate agent Mr Vanderwolf has owned the property for about six years and said in the first five years after planting lucerne, it has yielded more than 600 small square bales per year with minimal irrigation.
This time round, the land wasn't flooded in the recent downpours, however, in 2008 it didn't escape so easily.
“It was flooded in the last Warwick flood but it dries out pretty quickly,” Mr Vanderwolf said.
At Saturday's auction, another lifestyle block – on Warwick's Bracker Road – was put under the hammer and the wet weather has seen this six acre property greened up too.
Meanwhile, in the south of the region, apple farmers are holding their breath to find out if the rain has affected their crops.
There were fears wet weather would stop pollination and ruin the chance of fruit this year.
There are also concerns over the effect of fungus and infection on cattle and farmers have been spraying for rust.
On the flip side barley, wheat and petral wheat should benefit from the increased moisture levels.