Wheat fields are an unlikely sight in the north Queensland area, but one man has successfully grown the grain crop.

Mackay cane farmer, Andrew Barfield, has been growing trial plots of wheat at his Walkerston cane farm for four years.

While he's had some success, he says it's unlikely it will take off as an alternative crop to sugar cane.

"The price of wheat would have to go very, very high."

He says the tropical climate and lack of storage space for the grain means conditions aren't ideal for growing on a large scale.

"Being on the coast you've got high humidity, misty rain, fogs, so you expect the leaf disease issues.

"All the wheat trials I've had we've always had a little bit of trouble with a leaf fungal disease yellow spot.

"One variety is showing it a little bit but I think it's still going to be a reasonable yield."

While he's not going to swap cane land to grow wheat, he does have big plans for his little crop.

"I have a small flour mill so this year I decided to increase my personal wheat production so I have my own flour.

"I also grow some durum wheat so I'm hoping to make my own wholemeal pasta."

He says though it won't be without some special help.

"I've got some Italian friends who've promised to give me some assistance.

"I really love doing these small plot crops, it's quite hands on and I look forward to the harvest."

 

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