Yellow Cane is of enormous concern in the district. It is still not known what the cause is or what the solution will be, only time will tell. It is an extremely worrying time for farmers whose very livelihood depends on finding a quick solution but it looks like it will not happen for some time.
A few farmers have started to plant and some are only going to plant half the amount that they would normally plant until the problem is solved.
There are still feral pig issues around the district and as always farmers are ever vigilant when it comes to the damage that pigs cause by eating cane and wallowing in drills.
Grub treatment with Confidor seems to be able to control grubs to a certain extent. Where Confidor has not been used, there is a grub problem in some areas.
ACFA held a forum on improving soil after the AGM held in Townsville just recently. There were some excellent presentations. It was encouraging to see other growers from outside our own areas doing different things to improve their soil and productivity.
We intend to carry the soil improving information forum to the next level with areas north and south of the Burdekin meeting in Ayr, so that we can hear firsthand what others are doing in their districts, and perhaps trying these methods on our farms.
I was present at a SRDC meeting held in April where presentations were given on microbes in the soil, water monitoring, cost saving on removal of trash before the cane goes through the mill re ccs, our carbon footprint etc. The presentations were excellent and our thanks go to SRDC. We look forward to ongoing results as these trials continue.
Director Herbert Region