At last we have some sunshine! Hopefully it stays that way enabling farmers to start repairing some of the damage caused by cyclone Yasi. The cyclone clean-up has been non-existent because of the continuing rain. Even a couple of mls has been enough to stop any progress. Let’s hope the sun continues to have enough heat to dry up all the water that is lying around and bring some last minute growth in the crop.
Preliminary stalk counts in paddocks have been quite disappointing and we look like having a probable yield between 50-55tonnes ha. The Herbert crop estimate will be about 2 – 2.8 million tonnes this year.
Varieties with smut will deteriorate even further, while some of the new varieties in stand-over cane look like they’ve held up fairly well.
With four floods there has been crop loss in the low blocks close to the Herbert River.