I would like to wish all members of ACFA a happy New Year for 2012.
Let us hope it rains at night and we have sunshine every day, but if that cannot be arranged I think I would settle for no floods or cyclones .
The crop is progressing well on the Tweed although the Richmond and Clarence will have a very poor 2012 harvest due to the flooding in2010/2011 and the wet harvest in both years.
It will take the two southern mills longer to recover due to the fact that they harvest two year cane in the main and have had two incredibly wet harvests.
A lot of the fallow ground that was not planted in 2010 is now planted and in most cases looks like producing a good stand of cane for either 2012 or 2013.
A lot of the fallow for this year is now planted to soy beans and we can only hope for reasonable weather to take advantage of the cash that these may produce.
ACFA will be holding its AGM in NSW this year in conjunction with the GIVE conference in Yamba from the 12-14th of March. This has been organized to allow you, our members to take advantage of attending both of these excellent functions.
The details for the GIVE conference can be found at the NSW Sugar web site at nswsugar.com.au. On this site, you can find information on how to book for the conference and find accommodation. Get in early as accommodation may be scarce due to other conferences in Yamba that week.
The ACFA conference will be held at the end of the GIVE conference on the morning of the 15th of March and I would ask that all members of ACFA who can, do attend, following the AGM there will be lunch and time for some fellowship.