The mysterious Yellow Canopy Syndrome has spread in Queensland, to a Bundaberg cane farm.
The discovery follows last week’s observation of the syndrome in the Maryborough district.
Sugar Research Australia (SRA) said the discovery near Bundaberg had involved the entire local industry to help identify possible incidences of Yellow Canopy Syndrome (YCS) in the southern region.
YCS has a serious impact on sugar cane yields and it was found in the Bundaberg Sugar Services distribution plot in the Q240 variety.
That variety performed well for the district last year and Canegrowers Bundaberg chair Allan Dingle said that could have an immediate impact on future plantings
“I would imagine those varieties will be quarantined, so those particular varieties would not be released,” he said.
“It is probably the pick of what I would call the newly released varieties and it has performed exceptionally well on all soil types in our region.
“If it is going to be strong in picking up YCS it will be very unfortunate for this area.”
SRA Executive Manager for Strategic Initiatives, Dr Frikkie Botha said despite the second discovery of YCS, there was still no reason for growers to panic.
“If growers have individual concerns, they should contact their productivity services organisation,” he said.
“There is no need for growers to change anything regarding their farm operations.”
Sugar Research Australia said it would continue to keep the sugarcane industry informed about further YCS discoveries and research activities.
Source – ABC