Farmer wraps up pineapples to protect them from sunburn
AS RAYMOND Jenvey wraps each and every pineapple in his field in shredded paper to protect them from getting sunburnt, he's hoping for rain.
Although a cyclone won't take too much of a toll on his pineapples, he doesn't want to see another cyclone come through.
"It'd have to be pretty strong to blow it out, but we don't want any cyclones here. The one we had before, we were just lucky to escape it," he said.
He owns the farm at Bucasia with his brother Trevor where they grow sugarcane as well.
Like all farmers this year, Mr Jenvey's crops have been affected by dry weather.
"It's been dry, it's knocked us back a bit. We've got another property at Seaforth, our cane was down 1000 tonnes," he said.
"It's a dry farm up there. We'd like a bit of rain.
"Sometimes it comes early. One year we had about 60 inches in a fortnight."
Mr Jenvey listens to the forecast every morning on the radio and his brother logs on to the internet to check on weather conditions each day.
"I get an idea; some of those jet streams that go past over here are generally a signal. As a jet stream goes up higher, it's going through cold air, so when the clouds go up and it's cool, that condenses it into rain," he said.
Mr Jenvey hasn't experienced too many cyclones but does remember one as teenager.
"In the '50s we used to live at Koumala. That one that hit Carmila and Koumala; the only thing left at Carmila was the pub. Our house at Koumala was a few feet out of square when it finished."