The end of the year is here and what a year it has been, definitely one, which we are glad to see behind us. Torrential rains, cyclone Yasi, five floods and a mediocre crop which produced 2,920,488 tonnes in the district which is one million tonnes of cane down from 2010. The average CCS for the season was 12.87, notably lower than the region’s 10year average of 13.7
The wet season seems to have come early this year but the rainfall has been scattered with some areas receiving 48mm of rain while other areas missed out. However it looks like it has now evened out, with rain falling over all areas including the dry Townsville area.
Some of the crocodiles in the area have already nested and our crocodiles are full of eggs but have not laid as yet, so the wet season is definitely here.
With humid conditions and heavy showers and thunderstorms the cane is powering out of the ground. Some of the plant cane already has a foot of cane on it, but unfortunately the feral pigs have already found the stalks and are into it with a vengeance. Farmers are patrolling their farms trying to minimize the damage; but it is a never ending battle to control these pests, as well as the rats that also do a lot of damage.
As the year comes to a close we wish to all a better 2012. Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and we will all look forward to a profitable year ahead.
Take care on the roads and stay safe.