Widespread rain was received across the east coast of Queensland on 10 August, with lightening and thunder amidst a tropical downpour.
For once the Herbert was the least affected receiving approximately 25mm while the surrounding areas received 90mm or more. This has been followed by some nice cold weather. Farmers are busy trying to prepare ground to keep up the planting rate but a lot of areas are still too wet.
So far this season the Herbert Mills have crusted a combined 1.33 million tonnes of cane. Variety performance to date (mid August):
Q 208 with a CCS 14.69,
Q200 with a CCS 14.08,
Q190 with a CCS 13.95
KQ228 CCS 13.88
Q183 CCS 13.58
QSL has announced an advance for this season, effective from the 19th August. The interim payment will increase from $265 per tonne of sugar to $310 per tonne. There will be another increase in September to $340 per tonne of sugar.
There are quite a few paddocks of cane showing grub damage so farmers need to be ever vigilant as they plant for the coming year.
Director Herbert Region