The 2011 crush is over for another year in the Mossman region. The crush finished on the 5th of October and lasted 17 weeks. The mill only operated Monday to Friday, with 410,990 tonnes of sugarcane passing through the rollers. Close to 30,000 tonnes of this total was supplied from the Tablelands, which has been a welcome addition to the Mossman crop.
All planting is now complete in the region and most farmers are well underway with their fertiliser and spraying routines. The main varieties that have been planted are Q208, KQ228, Q231 and a limited amount of Q241 was also planted out this year.
Considering the dry weather we are having, the ratoon crop for the 2012 season is looking quite good. However a lot of our plant cane, especially in the south, is in desperate need of rain.
After talking to a few farmers in the district, the main a concern to growers is the increase in rat activity. Growers are reminded that from the 1st of October, the baiting window to apply the two registered baits (Rattoff and Racumin) is now open.