The future of the Far Northern sugar industry is looking sweeter after the release of four new cane varieties for the region’s growers.
The varieties – SRA1, SRA3, SRA6 and SRA7 – have been developed through Sugar Research Australia’s breeding program and chosen by local farmers and millers for their potential to boost profitability.
SRA6 was bred locally and is resistant to the sugarcane disease Pachymetra root rot.
“The SRA breeding program is about delivering the best possible varieties for each region and these are some of the varieties that have stood out among several thousand clones, years of trials, and final approval by the local industry,” SRA leader for crossing and selection Dr George Piperidis said. “These varieties have been developed to maximise profitability for sugarcane growers and millers, striking the right balance between tonnes of cane, sugar content, optimum resistance to diseases, and ability to be processed within the mill.”
Learn more about SRA’s breeding program and sugarcane varieties in Rural Insighton Wednesday.