The two day BSES field day attracted a fair crowd on the first day. However rain severely affected numbers on the Friday. Due to the promising crop out there exhibitors had considerable interest and enquiries.
The field day also signalled the end of the planting. Due to the good conditions in early May a lot of farmers took the opportunity to get planting in. Since the field day there have been falls of rain in some areas over 200mm. This has a lot of anxious farmers looking for germination.
The announcement of irrigation water and electricity pricing has caused great concern. This area generally relies on supplementary irrigation and the greater percentage power for electric driven pumps. These price increases are the beginning of more to follow.
On writing my last report, Mackay Sugar was on the eve of announcing the purchase of Mossman. In general the decision has been well received, acknowledging there is opportunity to increase through put and achieve management synergies.