Unseasonal rain is wiping out more crops in Queensland. Prices have already soared for fresh produce like lettuce and strawberries; now, other fruit and vegetables are set to follow suit. There has been widespread rain across parts of the state in what the Bureau of Meteorology describes as abnormal conditions for this time of year.
One of Australia's largest fruit and vegetable growers, Cross Family Farms, is recording major losses from beans to tomatoes in Bundaberg. "A lot of our beans have all died because of the wet weather, so that's probably our most impacted. Those and the snow peas," said farmer Trevor Cross. "Zucchini plants are in the ground, but they don't like the rain. The harvest drags out a lot because it's too cold for them to grow. You'll see a lot of cracking in the tomatoes, as well as leaf disease."
"In general, anything that's out in the elements is going to have issues," he said.