Cane growers in northern New South Wales say recent dry conditions have helped contribute to an excellent quality harvest with high sugar content.
Almost 850,000 tonnes of cane is expected to be crushed at the Broadwater mill, south of Ballina, before it closes in the next week.
Wayne Rodgers from Pimlico near Ballina has lit his final fire in the cane for the season and will harvest that paddock in a few days.
He said profits were up about 20-25 per cent from last year, a combination of improved global sugar prices and cheaper input costs.
“We were very happy with the results this year.
“While the yield is not quite as good as last year, prices for this season have been exceptional.
“Last year there wasn’t a lot of growers who made a lot of money, where as this year, it’s up 20 to 25 per cent and that is quite substantial,” he said.