Industry News

NSW Sugar Season Wraps Up

In what has been a tumultuous year across the globe, the sugar industry in NSW has successfullymanoeuvred its way through a crush season filled with challenges and opportunities. Despite the many hurdles presented by the COVID pandemic, the cane growing and harvesting communityof the Northern...

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Elders and Maize Australia working on battling Fall armyworm threat

Elders and Maize Australia working on battling Fall armyworm threat

AS the threat of Fall armyworm continues to trend south, agronomists and industry bodies are exploring ways of limiting the pest's potential damage. Elders is among those on the frontlines and has enlisted the help of Toowoomba-based technical services manager Maree Crawford to help find an answer...

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MSF Sugar’s Maryborough mill closes down

MSF Sugar's Maryborough mill has crushed its last cane with the company announcing it was decommissioning the facility. Instead, contracted sugar cane will be crushed elsewhere from 2021. The decision comes after Rural Funds Management purchased 5409 hectares of MSF Sugar's cane growing land in...

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Sugar mills crush out for 2020

More than 29 million tonnes of sugar cane has been crushed in Queensland this year with the season set to close this week. The last bins will be tipped at Mackay Sugar's Farleigh, Marian and Racecourse mills, signalling an end to the 2020 season. While weather conditions have varied across growing...

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Grower Floor Price Contract

QSL's new Grower Floor Price Contract is now available within the QSL Direct portal and QSL App. This new grower-managed pricing option gives QSL growers the best of both worlds – letting them lock in a sugar price with the potential for higher returns should the market rise...

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New TAFE course focuses on cane farm profitability

CANEGROWERS are being encouraged to participate in a TAFE Queensland course aimed at improving farm profitability. The new course aims to develop the skills and understanding necessary for growers to make informed decisions about sugar pricing. Canegrowers chief executive officer...

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Threat of further Indian subsidies weighs on sugar price

Threat of further Indian subsidies weighs on sugar price

The Global Sugar Alliance has called on India to drop its controversial sugar subsidies, adhere to international trade rules, and meet the obligations and commitments it has made as part of its membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Global Sugar Alliance, which represents 85% of the...

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Episode 3: Chris O’Kane – East Feluga Cane Farmer

Chris O’Kane is a third-generation cane farmer and looking after the land is in his blood. His late father Bernie was a true innovator and “wasn’t afraid to try new things.” He’s a forward thinker too – “the farming techniques we’re doing now will leave the farm in a better condition for our...

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Fall Armyworm Continuity Plan released to assist farmers

New resources have been developed to help farmers defend their crops against fall armyworm. The invasive pest has spread across the country and made its way to a number of key cropping zones since its first detection on the mainland at Bamaga in February. The Fall Armyworm Continuity Plan is...

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Mill decision heralds changes for Maryborough

CANEGROWERS Maryborough says the announcement from MSF Sugar that it will stop operating the Maryborough Mill and instead arrange for contracted sugarcane to be crushed elsewhere ends six months of uncertainty and speculation for growers. “While today’s news about the mill is disappointing for us...

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