Topics this time Transistor radios, rain and then the real RAIN and then some business.
Calling around the district I have found most farmers with cane left to cut have the means and the manpower to get cane off, but no one has the passcode to turn off the overhead tap. ISIS Central is one of the few who can say that cane left is not a significant amount. Maryborough farmers are ‘just sittin’. Bundaberg has tried and tried and the Mills held open the doors to give the farmers a chance, but bogged full tracks and bogged full track buggies were a depressing sight. 125mm of Rain in the first week of December has brought the region to a halt. As a result of these conditions, plans are already afoot for an early start to 2011, perhaps May.
Since closing the harvest off, an amazing rainfall event has occurred. Extreme falls of 125 to 300mm in a very uneven spread have occurred, resulting in local flooding, rapid stream rises and erosion of a severity rarely seen these days with reduced tillage farming. Kolan River catchment finally collected enough to fill the Fred Haigh Dam/ Lake Monduran. A twenty year event!
ISIS Productivity Limited held its AGM recently. Chairman Nie Kingston presented the Annual Report and showcased the I.P.Ltd.’s outstanding achievement in the area of introduction of smut resistant varieties. The susceptible variety replacement rate is arguably the highest in the state. On our farm, I can see the results of not having been able to keep our planting on schedule this year as an old ratoon block that would have been turned under for soybean has been ratooned and is showing the highest level of smut I have seen, with five stools in a 360 metre row. Perhaps it will go to soybean yet.
Transistor radios maybe a little bit ‘passé’ for technology speak, but I keep one going. I find having just a small, simple rotary dial, battery powered tranny with good tone is great. Why? (A bit of a plug for the ABC Rural Service here), it keeps me in touch. Do you find yourself having lunch alone, wondering how the others are doing out there and am I the only one in this bind? Turn your engines off and your transistor radio on. Take a bit of time to listen, without having to worry about knocking down the corner post or forgetting to turn the implement off at the end.
Which brings me to the point of carrying the transistor radio! Maryborough Sugar Factory Press Release – if you have ever missed something in the Region, this was it. $50 million and Bundy Sugar North almost disappears! What does that make us worth? Where does MSF find $50 mill, 2 years early? Is it of any relevance to individual farmers? Hell yeah! Flow-ons from this are significant; least of all, a large number of ACFA Members will have a chance at a new deal, perhaps? ACFA will put some of the scenarios on our blog in the New Year.
And on the New Year, may it be a Happy one for you and yours. Keep in touch and keep your utes’ tidy for the UTE Muster planned for February. There will be a Muddiest Ute Award!
Southern Region Director