The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association is advising farmers of an urgent weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology affecting northern Tasmania in the next few hours.

The Bureau says severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.

The area affected includes Launceston, Scottsdale, George Town and Bridport. Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the north-west and a warning for that district is cancelled.

“This is a disastrous time for farmers, many of whom have young crops in the ground or have just planted new crops,” Jan Davis, TFGA CEO, said.

“Heavy rain across the north of the state in the last few months delayed sowing of many crops and, in some cases, washed early plantings out all together. The rain has left soils sodden and this additional rain will have nowhere to go. Flooding could be severe, and the impacts on farms may well be serious,” she added.

“We’ve all heard the old saying that it never rains but it pours. Farmers simply have to have a sense of humour to survive. The big ticket investment items for many this year is irrigation water. This just goes to show that farming really is a risky business and Mother Nature is fickle.”
TFGA chief executive Jan Davis