DEVASTATING: Tieran Goodhind with one of his watermelons which was destroyed in Tuesday night's hailstorm.
DEVASTATING: Tieran Goodhind with one of his watermelons which was destroyed in Tuesday night's hailstorm. Michael Nolan

Hail destroys crop a day before harvest

TIERAN Goodhind was about two days off harvesting around 15.5 hectares of watermelons before Tuesday night's hail storm cut across his Wattle Grove Farm.

He was expecting to pull about 1000 tonnes of melons off the paddock and now he'll be lucky if he gets half of that.

"They're buggered," Mr Goodhind said.

The melons are pockmarked and scarred making them unfit for sale in the supermarkets.

Instead, Mr Goodhind and his family have packaged up a few tonnes and are selling them by the side of the road.

The rest of the melons that can't be sold will get ploughed back into the soil and the paddock will be left fallow until next season.

Mr Goodhind is a fourth generation South Burnett farmer and this is the first crop he's lost to hail.

His wife Amy said the family is devastated.

"Anybody that is a farmer that provides food for our country, I take my hat off to them," Mrs Goodhind said.

"It's not until you live on a farm that you see how much work goes into it.

"It's so hard for a young person to start a business, especially farming, but Tieran is the hardest worker I've ever seen. He just keeps going."

If you want to help out the Goodhinds, stop by Rykes Fuel Station at Kingaroy and Kumbia or the BP in Nanango and pick up a melon while stocks last.

South Burnett


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