Weather hard on apple crop says grower

Posted by Josette Dunn on 10th February 2010

While much of Queensland has experienced heavy rainfalls this summer, apple growers around Stanthorpe, in the Granite Belt south west of Brisbane are facing tough growing conditions due to the drought.

Picking of the Gala variety has begun, and growers in the region are reporting smaller and fewer fruit this season, compared to last year.

Daniel Nicoletti, head of the Stanthorpe Apple Committee said the fruit they’re picking isn’t too bad considering what it has been through.

“They’re a little bit small this year because of the lack of rain but the taste and appearance of them is pretty good still.”

Weather always plays an important role in fruit growing, and this season the region has faced everything from late frosts to hail, and now a dry end to the growing season.

Mr Nicoletti expects the region to produce less fruit this year than last season.