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Rain wipes out 90% of strawberry crop

Keith Boswell digs in some rain damaged strawberries.
Keith Boswell digs in some rain damaged strawberries. Valerie Horton

A NIKENBAH strawberry grower has received a devastating blow with recent rain wiping out several tonnes of fruit.

Keith and Rachelle Boswell said rain was a four letter word at this stage of strawberry season, with the sudden downpour turning the juicy berries into mush.

"It's a huge problem. We had a 90% amount of loss," Mrs Boswell said.

The long-time farmers said it was lucky the rain hit when it did.

"If it comes in about a fortnight, we'll have to walk away," Mrs Boswell said.

"We don't regret the rain - there are a lot of people in drought conditions who really need it.

"We will recover from this, other years we haven't.

"We still have a supply of six to eight weeks unless there's torrential rain."

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