A different option for post-emergent guinea grass control

Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

Guinea grass can be problematic in:

  • ex-pasture land planted to sugarcane
  • blocks where there has been poor weed management in fallow and plant cane
  • blocks with poor weed management programs in older ratoons
  • plough-out replant situations where there was guinea grass infestations in the previous crop

Historically, spot spraying mixtures of diuron or diuron/hexazinone were the main means of post-emergent chemical control of in-crop guinea grass stools.

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Last chance for Reef Programme farmers’ grants

Sam and Steven Lizzio received funding in previous rounds to reduce sediment runoff from their banana farm. (Courtesy Terrain NRM)
Sam and Steven Lizzio received funding in previous rounds to reduce sediment runoff from their banana farm. (Courtesy Terrain NRM)

Wet Tropics farmers now have their last chance to access grants through the Australian Government’s Reef Programme to improve land management practices to help reduce the runoff of nutrients, sediments and pesticides from agricultural land into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

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Cane Toad Control Workshop

Please join Chalene Bezzina, University of Sydney as she provides us with the ‘how to manage this menace’!

When: Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Fraser Coast Regional Council nursery, Botanic Gardens, Elizabeth Street, Urangan

Participation is FREE with morning tea and lunch provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by email to Lesley Bradley dlmbrad@bigpond.net.au

To download flier, please click here

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Canegrowers promised action on ‘grower choice’

20 January 2015 

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh has promised canegrowers a re-elected Newman LNP Government will legislate to protect ‘grower choice’ in sugar marketing if millers fail to come up with fair deal.

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CANEGROWERS & ACFA welcome LNP commitment to legislate if necessary

21 January 2015 

Today cane farmers across Queensland are buoyed by news that the first party on the election trail has answered their passionate calls to take action to fix the market failure which is ripping confidence from the State’s cane growers and placing their very futures at the mercy of monopoly millers.

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93% growers don’t trust mills to share profits fairly: farmers say fix needed now

20 January 2015
CANEGROWERS & ACFA

93% growers don’t trust mills to share profits fairly: farmers say fix needed now

A strong message has been shot across the bow of every party on the election campaign trail that if agriculture is a priority for the State of Queensland, they must move now to fix the market failure which is ripping confidence from the State’s cane growers and placing their very futures at the mercy of monopoly millers.

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ACFA thank exiting QSL Chairman for his service

7 January 2015

Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) has expressed their appreciation to exiting Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) Chairman, Mike Carroll, for the positive role he has played within Queensland’s sugar industry.

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SRA Update

16 December 2014

By Neil Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Research Australia

As this calendar year draws to a close the SRA team hasn’t slowed in pace.

In late November SRA hosted an Industry Training Update forum in Townsville attended by over 120 growers, researchers and extension providers to share research updates.  During the forum delegates heard about our proposed Adoption Strategy and provided ideas about new ways to promote research outcomes in the next year.  This strategy is still being reviewed and further feedback will be sought from SRA’s representative bodies in January 2015 before implementation occurs.

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December Directors Reports

ACFA Directors have issued their December regional reports. Click on the below links to view.

Northern Region Report- by Gerard Puglisi
Northern Region Report- by Mick Camilleri
Herbert Region Report- by Carol Mackee
Burdekin Region Report- by Margaret Menzel
Central Region Report- by Steve Forcye
Southern Region Report- by Michael Hetherington
NSW Report- by Robert Quirk

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Sugar marketing taskforce step in the right direction say Australian Cane Farmers

Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) has welcomed the details of the Federal Coalition’s Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce which has been established to investigate competition and marketing issues in the Australian sugar industry.  

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