Well what a difference a couple of dry months make. Since April 10th to the start of June the Mossman region has only recorded around 45mm of rain. Most of the farmers in the area are now full swing into preparing their fallow for planting or are close to finishing their early plant. The main varieties that have been planted are Q208, KQ228 and Q231. It has also been a busy time for our contractors preparing for the harvest.
Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this year, then last year. Forecasters are now leaning toward a more average weather pattern for the remainder of the 2011 season. The recent colder than normal days at the end of April and into the start of June will hopefully boost up our early CCS, and we are hoping for a CCS close to our 5 year average of 12.8.
I would like to remind and encourage farmers to participate in this year’s ‘Mossman Next Generation’ Cane Display to be held at the Mossman Show. Farmers are invited to deliver cane to be judged on the Saturday morning of the show. With significant money on offer, it is well worth the effort. For more information please give me a call on 0428 988 136.
Farmers are also reminded that SRDC is calling for new Grower Group Innovation Projects. These projects allow a group of farmers to investigate an issue which they believe will make a difference to farming productivity, sustainability or bottom line. SRDC provide successful Grower Group Projects with a maximum of $80,000 over a 2 to 3 year project.
If you are interested in trialling a new concept or idea, get a group of likeminded farmers together and starting thinking of a project. If you need assistance or more information please contact Joe Muscat on 0439 377 162; Che Trendell on 0439 588 627 or Chris Aylward on 0408 706 611 and good luck.
With the 2011 crush finally here let’s hope that the worst of the weather is behind us and we all have a safe crush.