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Strong winds damaging Sunraysia vegetable crops

Brett Worthington, Friday November 15, 2013 - 11:32 EDT
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Buronga vegetable grower Carlo Morello says he's pleased with how his zucchini crop has recovered from strong winds whipping through Sunraysia. - ABC

Strong winds throughout Sunraysia are frustrating vegetable growers.

The wind has damaged crops, forcing growers to sell their vegetables at heavily discounted prices.

Carlo Morello grows zucchini, capsicum and eggplant at Buronga in south-west New South Wales.

He says he's hoping for calm weather as harvest ramps up throughout the region.

"Warm weather is good for everything as far as I'm concerned, we don't need any wind," Mr Morello said.

"We've had lots and lots of wind and it has caused a lot of fruit to be downgraded.

"With zucchini, they grow quite quick so you might have a week of some really downgrade quality zucchini but currently we are picking some pretty good stuff."

Mr Morello says the wind has sandblasted some of his plants.

But he says he's happy with prices, which are higher than the same time last year.

"We've had a reasonable start (to harvest)," Mr Morello said.

"The last two years, we've started off with really low prices but this year, fortunately, we have had some good prices.

"The price has dropped a little bit but it's still not too bad."


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