Industry News

Is genetically modified corn the answer to fall armyworm?

It's a tiny caterpillar that's difficult to detect, but for more than a year it's been having a massive impact on crops in Australia, especially corn.  Fall armyworm (FAW) has infiltrated six states and territories and is so hard to control farmers are whispering about a method that's been...

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Millers say red tape limiting sugar’s growth

AUSTRALIA's sugar production could be significantly increased to create jobs, generate better economic outcomes, and produce cleaner energy if government red tape was reduced. That's according to the Australian Sugar Milling Council, which has delivered a comprehensive case to the Queensland...

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The Sugarcane Industry Sweet for Safety

Pro-Visual Publishing and their partnering industry associations have released the annual AugmentedReality (AR) Educational Safety Guide for sugarcane farmers, a free wall poster designed to displayyear-round to use with your phone, or other smart device, to view augmented content alongside...

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Lifelong rum passion pays off

A desire to make a truly 100 per cent Australian owned, Australian made spirit, utilising quality Australian grown ingredients has proven its worth with the products winning major international awards. From being a dream for a 15-year-old Dampier boy, to a realisation 18 years down the track, the...

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Sugar price spike benefits NSW growers thanks to forward thinking

Global sugar prices as recorded on the Intercontinental Exchange have leapt past US 17 cents a pound, much more than predicted a year ago due to rising demand while drought affected Thai production will effectively give NSW growers a premium above the ICE 11 price. They can now expect up to $38 a...

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Can sugarcane create jet fuel?

A groundbreaking study investigating the growth of selected varieties of sugarcane to convert into high-performance jet fuel is underway at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM). Utilizing advanced...

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Australia’s oldest sugar mill gets a spoonful of new

Ahrens achieve ‘sweet’ success for Sunshine Sugar with the completion of a new expansive warehouse, helping them accommodate for the future. Ahrens partnered with Sunshine Sugar, the only 100% Australian grown, made and owned sugar manufacturer, to create an expansive facility that not only ticked...

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Transport hub adds to Oreco growth

Oreco Group’s reputation as a developing mega business for the Bundaberg Region has been further enhanced with the pending finalisation of a 6000 square metre transport hub. Located adjacent to the Isis Central Sugar Mill near Childers, Oreco is Australia’s largest producer of a range of...

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We can’t afford to be the frog waiting to boil

There's an urban legend that says if a frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The legend works as a handy metaphor, describing the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of sinister...

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Soil health the key to reducing fertiliser rates

When it comes to soil, the O'Kane brothers like theirs as soft and crumbly as cottage cheese. It's a strictly gorgonzola-free zone at Chris and Michael O'Kane's sugar cane farm in Tully, where they are changing the soil's structure and its crop-growing potential. For four years, the brothers have...

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NSW pair launch sugar cane plastic option

Sugar cane could be the answer to Australia's enormous plastic pollution problem, a pair of Sydney-based entrepreneurs say. About 70 billion pieces of soft "scrunchable" plastics are used in Australia each year, many of which are food packaging. Very little is recycled and much of it ends up in...

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S8 E8 Sustainable cane farming on the Gold Coast

https://youtu.be/iGs1ccb9JKI Want to visit a sugarcane farm on Queensland’s Gold Coast? Greg Zipf supplies cane the Rocky Point sugar mill, mulch to home gardeners and also grows soya beans. Like most growers in the region, he’s committed to farming sustainably next to Moreton Bay. This video...

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Regenerative Cane Farming Forum bus tour recap

https://youtu.be/qQVqH2P-C2Q In February 2021, Sugar Research Australia and Burdekin Productivity Services took a group of growers up to the Regenerative Cane Farming Forum in Cairns. The clip provides a short recap of the trip. Thanks to Burdekin Productivity Services and Queensland Department of...

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Insecticide differences for fall armyworm

NEW research indicates there are variable levels of sensitivity to some insecticides between populations of fall armyworm (FAW) in different geographical areas of Australia. FAW is a highly migratory, invasive pest that was first reported in Australia in February 2020 and quickly established...

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Australia now world’s second biggest sugar exporter

Australia has jumped into second place on the list of the world's biggest raw sugar exporters. Canegrowers chairman Paul Schembri said Australia had recently overtaken Thailand as the world's second largest exporter of raw sugar. "I think many people in our communities and government, and even...

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