Some vegetable crops on the northern Adelaide plains remain under water more than a week after the Gawler River burst its banks.
About 1,000 growers were affected by flooding as wild weather swept across South Australia.
The market gardens on Adelaide’s northern outskirts account for about one-third of SA horticultural production.
Flood recovery coordinator Alex Zimmerman said the extent of damage was still being assessed, and growers were likely to have access to various grants to support their recovery efforts.
He said the first hurdle was to ensure the area dried out.
“Because the ground is fully saturated, we’re relying on evaporation to rid those blocks of the water,” he said.
“We’re assisting that process through allocating some pumps in critical areas.”
Mr Zimmerman said growers would be heavily reliant on financial support to get back into production.
“In the early stages of the recovery process there are the immediate grants for the flooding event,” he said.
“We are looking at clean-up grants an also other clean-up strategies whereby we’ll bring in volunteers.”
One of the affected farmers, Thanh Hung Truong, lost his crop valued at more than $100,000 as 60 greenhouses at Virginia were flooded.
“You see, all the cucumber die, you see this water like that, you can’t go inside [in] dirty water like that,” he said.
Many farmers, including a large Vietnamese community, registered for emergency financial assistance.
Some said that after their massive clean-up, they were expecting big challenges because of lost topsoil and the risk of disease to future crops.