The weather conditions have seen farmers getting ground ready with some early planting. At the present time we have overcast windy conditions, with very little rain. A bit of a shock after the lovely days we have been experiencing.
Grubs are causing concern in the Herbert and farmers need to continue the recommended treatment.
At the present time mobs of pigs have been moving around and farmers need to be ever vigilant. It is a never ending battle to control these feral pests. Cockatoos have also been giving the cane a hiding as it has matured, with some paddocks ‘sweeter’ than others.
The abandoned MIS (tree plantations) in the Herbert have left behind an environmental disaster for local landholders. These plantations have become a breeding ground for pests and weeds, including the declared, environmentally damaging grass, hymenachne, along with feral pigs, etc.
While farmers are facing Environmental Risk Management Plans and other constraints, just what is the Government doing with regard to fixing this mess? So far it has been left to farmers who have faced over 10 years of tough economic times trying to defend their boundaries from declared weeds and pests that are breeding on public and derelict sites. Farmers are not being treated fairly and the Environment Minister needs to look at the big picture, not penalise farmers.
Herbert Region Director