With the cooler weather and showers continuing, the clean up from the recent floods continue in South Australia.
The forecast losses to productivity to the Adelaide plains growing regions has been upped to an estimated $120 million, with several smaller producers on the verge of walking off the land.
The continuing long term effects of the flooding has already started to be felt in the north with Queensland reporting pricing increases and availability of stock tightening from SA grown produce, namely potatoes and onions. South Australia grows the majority of Australian potatoes.
Other produce effected are zucchinis, capsicums, Lebanese cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbages, including red & savoy cabbages and snow peas.
Strawberries have also been effected due to the cooler weather. Queensland strawberries have all but finished. Western Australian Strawberries have started but are tight also due the cooler weather over the past month or so, slowing up the growth compared to same time last year.
South Australian Fruit and Veg Supervisor