Harvesting commenced at Farleigh Mill on Monday 23rd May. By the end of the week there was more supply than required. The following week saw the Marian and Racecourse start up. The sugar has been good for 12 month old cane. The CCS in standover is low, which was expected.
Shed meetings have been held to explain where the Mackay/Tully proposal is at. After the Wilmar announcement about Proserpine, Mackay Sugar stands as one of a few remaining grower-owned milling businesses.
The recent announcement of increased water charges has added to the list of increased farming inputs. With the increased cost of electricity and fuel, the cost of irrigation becomes even more expensive. This combined with the issue of unmet labour requirements weigh heavily on farmers’ budgets.
Expressions of interest are sought for the release of Sugarcane tissue culture. This brings about a process of introducing clean seed by accelerating the release and adaption of new varieties and reduces the impact of pest and disease incursions. Applications need to be in for delivery of seedlings in April 2012.