March was a busy month for farmers in the far north. Numerous courses have been conducted in all cane growing areas, regarding the use of chemicals and fertilisers.
This is to comply with the Qld Government’s Reef Protection Package which became law from 1 January 2010. By July 2010 – in the three regulated catchments – the person applying or directly supervising the use of Atrazine, Diruron, Ametryn and Hexazinone must hold the following qualifications.
RTC 3704A Prepare and apply chemicals.
RTC 3401 A Control weeds.
RTC 3705A Transport handle and sore chemicals.
Chemcert re-accreditation workshops are still being conducted. For more information please contact me in 4061 2034.
Proposed mill mergers are back on the agenda with Maryborough Sugar making a bid for Tully Sugar and Tully Sugar making a bid for Bundaberg Sugar’s Northern mills. This is very early days in negotiations and no conclusions can be made.
On the weather for March, cloudy days an continuous rain has slowed the cane growth. Has resulted on lodged cane in most areas. So far, the north coast has escaped the flooding, experience in other areas of the state.
Northern Region Director