The early plant and ratoons are looking good but pigs are damaging some plant cane. Ratoons are playing smorgasbord to Pigs, Rats, Wallabies & Cockatoos. Late plant and ratoons are struggling with some plant washed out and replanted or left fallow.
Fertiliser and spray regimes are way behind due to the untraversable conditions, resulting in lots of weedy and viny paddocks. The wet has helped keep smut at bay. Beetles are flying in the usual areas and farmers are asked to stay with grub control regimes wherever possible. Even under these adverse conditions, we cannot afford to break the control cycle.
Local cane supply contract meetings will be announced early in 2011 when local mill acquisitions have settled.