UPDATE: THE citrus industry has come out of the Queensland floods with less damage than expected.Despite heavy losses to some individual growers, the overall estimated production loss will only be about 10 to 15 per cent.
Peak industry body Citrus Australia has recently returned from visiting flood-affected citrus growers in Queensland's Central Burnett and Bundaberg regions.
While nearly every citrus property has been affected, the flood damage is particularly severe in localised areas such as Wallaville near Bundaberg, Reids Creek near Gayndah and pockets near Mundubbera, where thousands of trees have been lost.
Orchards in other areas such as Emerald have not been affected.
Growers reported that growing conditions before the floods had been ideal, meaning the only real impact would be a slight delay to the start of the new Australian citrus season.
CA chief executive Judith Damiani encouraged consumers to have patience and wait for the resumption of lemon harvest.
"It's fantastic to see the strong commitment from wholesalers and retailers in supporting Australian farmers at their time of need,'' she said.
"Buying Australian lemons is as good as picking up a shovel and helping the growers in their clean-up.''
La Manna Group general manager Shane Quinn said the retailer aimed to be sold out of US imported lemons and mandarins by the end of the week.
"We have placed no other orders for lemons or mandarins for our wholesale floor business,'' Mr Quinn said.
Mr Quinn said his team had sympathy for the growers in the region.
"We also operate farms ourselves and have endured three cyclones in the past decade,'' he said.
"It was not easy, but we pulled together as a team and as an industry.
"I'm confident the Queensland citrus industry will do the same.''