Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Weed Suffocating Crop after Tabulam Flood

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Weed Suffocating Crop after Tabulam Flood

Article excerpt

AS the floodwaters began to recede yesterday morning, Timothy Wilkinson was chest-deep in the murky brown liquid trying to herd water hyacinth.

While the major population centres of the Northern Rivers escaped serious flooding, heavy rain across the Northern Rivers' western region delivered the worst flooding in living memory to the families living at Plains Station Road south of Tabulam.

Mr Wilkinson's partner, Tina Craft, said the flood was worse than 1976 and even topped the level of the devastating 1954 flood. The family's organic soy crop, their main source of income, had been almost entirely covered by water creeping up from the Clarence River in front of them and from the Rocky River through the swamps behind them.

The saturation was a big problem, bigger though was the water hyacinth, a type of lily, which washed over the crop in the flood. As the water retreated it left the hyacinth behind, covering and ultimately suffocating the family's precious soy crop. …

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