Industry News

Australia’s cane toads evolved as cannibals with frightening speed

Australia’s cane toads evolved as cannibals with frightening speed

The list of ‘deadly animals in Australia’ just got a little weirder. The cane toad, a toxic, invasive species notorious for devouring anything it can fit in its mouth — household rubbish, small rodents and even birds — has become highly cannibalistic in the 86 years since it was introduced to the...

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Regional industry: How Wide Bay Burnett loses and wins

The Wide Bay Burnett region about three hours’ drive north of Brisbane has mastered the art of keeping skilled workers after industries shut by gaining new employers. It is also trying to recruit people, including students and grey nomads, to help industry and farmers deal with shortages due to...

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Grower Pricing Update – August 2021

Raw sugar prices spent the majority of August rallying higher as the ever-deteriorating Centre South Brazil crop whipped the market into a bullish frenzy.  At the time of writing, the October 2021 ICE 11 contract had traded from its monthly low of 17.74 USc/lb up to a high of 20.37...

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QSL welcomes new Independent Director

Former auditor and partner at Ernst and Young, Mark Hayward (right), will join the QSL Board from 1 September 2021 as an Independent Director. Mr Hayward’s appointment has been made in preparation for the retirement of QSL’s current Chairman Guy Cowan, who will step down after 14 years on the...

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Sunshine Coast distillery mix things up with sugarcane

Sunshine Coast distillery mix things up with sugarcane

In a mixture of Queensland firsts, Woombye company, Cavu Distilling, are using sugarcane to create two new spirits. Launching later this year, their Original Cane product, under their Sunshine & Sons brand, will use locally sourced sugarcane, Oakes & Sons farm, to create a sweet fermented...

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Canegrowers: Rebate should be available to all irrigation operations

Queensland's peak sugarcane growers body is calling the recent irrigation rebate given to horticultural growers as "unfair" and "discriminatory" to broadacre farming operations. The Palaszczuk government announced recently that horticulture growers would be able to access a further 35 per cent...

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Wilmar Sugar’s first shipment departs Mackay

Wilmar Sugar’s first shipment departs Mackay

The first raw sugar of the 2021 growing season has been shipped out of the Port of Mackay with many local cane growers eagerly watching on as raw sugar produced at their local mill headed south. Wilmar's Plane Creek grower marketing consultant, Angus McKerrow and Mackay Sugar Terminal mechanical...

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New yield benchmark

Sugarcane growers in the Burdekin have a novel new variety to consider for their future farming operations. The Burdekin Regional Variety Committee (RVC) met earlier this year to consider the commercial merit of the most advanced experimental clones in the Sugar Research Australia (SRA) breeding...

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Record Shared Pool caps season

Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) has finalised its 2020-Season pricing results, with the industry-owned sugar marketer notching up a record weighted average Shared Pool result of +$31 per tonne. The Shared Pool captures QSL’s operating costs, premiums, other revenue, and the Loyalty Bonus where...

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Wilmar Sugar to commemorate 100 years of operation at its Invicta Mill

Wilmar Sugar is set to commemorate 100 years of operation at its Invicta Mill, with a full day of celebrations scheduled in August. The Invicta Mill, near the town of Giru, will be marking this milestone on August 19 with a barbeque breakfast for employees, followed by a community night at Giru's...

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First Breeding of Sugar Cane Using CRISPR/Cas9

Sugarcane is one of the most productive plants on Earth, providing 80 percent of the sugar and 30 percent of the bioethanol produced worldwide. Its size and efficient use of water and light give it tremendous potential for the production of renewable value-added bioproducts and biofuels. But the...

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Indian subsidies cost Queensland sugar industry $1 billion

Indian Government price and export subsidies have cost the Queensland sugar industry an estimated $1 billion. The subsidies, which are currently under investigation by the World Trade Organisation, have contributed to substantially lower global sugar prices, according to a new report by Green Pool...

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First 2021 sugar shipment

QSL has dispatched its first shipment of sugar from the current harvest. The cargo of 42,000 tonnes of raw sugar from the Burdekin region was shipped on the Pacific Integrity out of Townsville earlier this month, bound for a refinery customer in South Korea. QSL General Manager Marketing...

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