At last there is some fine weather in the Herbert District. Conditions have been wet with only 27 days of fine weather since January. At the moment there is quite a bit of heat with the sunshine – “Excellent growing conditions”.
Some of the cane varieties are already showing signs of maturity and are starting to flower. It is to be hoped that we have ideal harvesting conditions and excellent returns after experiencing floods last year.
Attendance at the BSES workshops Six Easy Steps and the Chemical Accreditation courses have been strong. These courses will be ongoing.
The Directors of ACFA attended a board and Annual General Meeting at the Boat Club, Hervey Bay with growers attending from Mossman to Bundaberg. Those people who were not able to attend the annual meeting missed seeing Hervey Bay at its best. The accommodation was spot on and unfortunately, due to the weather conditions around the Mackay area we saw quite a few apologies. Our thoughts are with those growers who lost some of their crop from the winds and rain.
After the forum we went on a bus trip to look at farming ideas in and around Maryborough including the treatment of the effluent so that it no longer runs into the ocean. It was an excellent afternoon. There was plenty of time for questions and our guides did a magnificent job.
On April, 13th BSES held a field day in Ingham. There will also be a field day in Townsville this year with the dates set down for the 12th & 13th May.
Herbert Region Director