Industry News

Economists develop new online tool to help sugarcane growers

Economists develop new online tool to help sugarcane growers

Economists working at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have developed a new online version of the Farm Economic Analysis Tool (FEAT) - that has been supporting sugarcane growers to make informed decisions for over 15 years. “FEAT Online is a free tool that assists sugarcane growers with...

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Qld farmers petition against ‘unchecked science’

FARMERS have collected more than 4000 signatures in less than a month opposing what they say is unchecked science being used to make political decisions. The petition calls for an Office of Science Quality Assurance to be established, to check the science being used to make political...

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Rabobank: Sugar industry looking towards recovery

Rabobank: Sugar industry looking towards recovery

THE global sugar industry is now looking towards recovery having endured the full brunt of COVID-19's disruption, according to Rabobank's latest global Sugar Quarterly report. World sugar prices are starting to rebound on the back of easing lockdown restrictions and the resumption of the...

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2023-Season Pricing Available

QSL is now accepting grower pricing orders for the 2023 Season through our Target Price Contract and Individual Futures Contract pricing products. Growers marketing with QSL can now also access additional grower-managed pricing tonnages for the 2021 and 2022 Seasons. GEI...

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Far North Queensland irrigation district trials blockchain

Blockchain technology is being trialled in Far North Queensland irrigation district, Mareeba-Dimbulah, to improve water trading in the region. The pilot project is using technology developed by young Australian company Civic Ledger and is funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing...

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Cane farmers say Paradise Dam rebuild essential

CANE farmers have again called on the Palaszczuk government to restore Paradise Dam back to its original 300,000 megalitre capacity rather than permanently reducing the dam's capacity by 57 per cent. Farmers say while community safety is paramount, they were concerned for the future of agriculture...

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Soil Health Key to Reducing Fertiliser Rates

Ask cane grower Robert Bonassi how he’s slashed fertiliser rates without affecting yield and he has two words – soil health. The third-generation farmer is focused on fallow crops, mill by-products and soil tests in his transition to cane that is less reliant on artificial fertilisers, and he says...

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Cutting water and electricity costs on Burdekin cane farm

A BURDEKIN cane grower used technology to significantly reduce his water usage and in turn-electricity costs in a move that's paying dividends. Leon Franchina's efforts to improve the efficiency of irrigation water has seen his water usage reduce by 140 megalitres a year and cut pumping costs by a...

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2020 QSL Grower Rep Member Elections

Nominations for the 2020 QSL Grower Representative Member elections closed on Friday 12 June 2020. In eight milling regions the number of nominations received was equal to the number of available positions, and as such, an election is not required. These milling regions and nominees...

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Better distribution of energy to be explored via microgrids

Rather than farmers exporting power and then buying it back down the line, it’s hoped a federal government grant to the Queensland Farmers Federation to look at the flow-on benefits of microgrids for irrigated agriculture will find ways to better distribute energy resources within networks, and...

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QSL – Queensland’s sugar marketer

Australia's largest and most experienced sugar marketer – QSL – is a proud Queensland company that’s been an integral part of our state’s sugar industry for nearly a century. https://vimeo.com/425372113

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ABARES tips ag values creeping to $61b after rain, but exports slip

Thanks to rain Australia's agricultural production is rising in value again, defying the global economic slowdown caused by coronavirus and an expected surplus of farm products on export markets. But farm export values are set to fall to $44.4 billion in 2020-21 as global economies weaken and less...

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Growing agave in North Queensland is more than making tequila

Growing agave in North Queensland is more than making tequila

The plant responsible for tequila could have endless possibilities in Australia, according to an agronomist behind the country's largest planned commercial agave farm. More than 1 million plants are currently being planted on a farm south of Bowen, in north Queensland, to supply a Melbourne-based...

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More rain delays for North Queensland’s sugar harvest

Widespread wet weather has again disrupted the sugar cane harvest in North Queensland with operations at Tully, the Herbert and Burdekin all impacted by the weekend rain. Tully Sugar's mill fired up for the season last Tuesday, but was operational for only four days before cane supplies dried up....

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