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24 April 2020




Sugar code delivers for Tully growers

23 April 2020 | North Queensland Register

Tully cane growers will start the crush with more certainty after a 18-month-long supply contract stalemate with Tully Sugar Limited was resolved.

In a landmark move for the industry, the federal government appointed an independent arbitrator under the Mandatory Sugar Code of Conduct last December to resolve a contract supply dispute.

The appointment came after Tully Canegrowers and Tully Sugar Limited failed to agree on the terms of a cane supply contract for the 2020 season and beyond despite more than a year of negotiations. More...


QSL Monthly Market Update

22 April 2020 | QSL

This month's QSL Monthly Market Update:

  • Despite what US President Donald Trump says, we are yet to see a material slowing of cases globally and despite what Trump says, the US still looks to be struggling to contain the spread
  • ICE 11 prices are currently trapped in a tug-of-war between a more supportive bullish fundamental picture and a bearish macro and technical backdrop
  • The Centre-South Brazil crop will almost certainly see mills opt to start running at maximum sugar output mix given ethanol prices remain depressed below US9c/lb sugar equivalent
To read QSL Trading Manager Matt Page's Monthly Market Update, please click here


Water charge reset needed says sugar industry

3 April 2020 | SRA

Resetting irrigation prices to match growers' capacity to pay could boost revenue for sugar reliant communities by more than $220 million over the next four years. More...


MSF Sugar says domestic molasses sales to continue

23 April 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Major Queensland sugar miller MSF Sugar has backtracked on plans to stop selling molasses to the livestock industry, saying orders can be placed by domestic customers up until May 30.

In a statement issued this morning, MSF Sugar said it remained committed to supplying molasses to the domestic market in 2020.More...

Ethanol demand slump puts Brazil sugar industry in a grind

17 April 2020 | Reuters

Brazilian sugar and ethanol companies are going into survival mode, cutting back harvest operations and tapping into credit lines to weather the slump in fuel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More...

Fall armyworm update

24 April 2020 | Queensland Government

The exotic pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected at two new locations near Richmond and Clermont.

This is not unexpected as fall armyworm is highly mobile.

Fall armyworm was first detected on the Torres Strait islands of Saibai and Erub in January 2020. Since then it has also been detected at numerous sites in Queensland including Bamaga, Croydon, South Johnstone, Tolga, Lakeland, the Burdekin, Bowen, Bundaberg and Emerald.

Fall armyworm has also been detected in the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.  More...




Fall armyworms' rapid spread across Kimberley prompts fears the pest will reach southern WA grain regions

24 April 2020 | North Queensland Register

Farmers in Western Australia are bracing themselves for the spread of a new invasive species as the fall armyworm continues its journey across the state and more than 1,000 kilometres from where it was first detected in the Kimberley. More...

Farmers will look to get bang for fert buck

23 April 2020 | Farm Online

Farmers will be increasingly looking at measuring soil fertility levels and using variable rate fertiliser application to ensure maximum bang for buck in light of the ongoing threat of shortages of supply caused by COVID-19. More...

Australia's food security locked down during COVID-19 pandemic

22 April 2020 | Queensland Country Life

In response to uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the ongoing effects of drought, there has been unprecedented demand for a range of food items across the country as Australians stocked up at the supermarket, causing temporary shortages of some products in store. More...


Farming Forecaster app uses CSIRO modelling to improve stock, feed decision-making

24 April 2020 | ABC

A new CSIRO-developed farm forecasting website has been launched that will, for the first time, offer real-time feed projections for livestock producers.

The website will use CSIRO modelling, soil moisture probes, and weather data to help farmers manage stocking rates and feed budgets. More...

'Right to repair' taken up by the ACCC in farmers' fight to fix their own tractors

19 April 2020 | ABC

The 'right to repair' movement has finally bent the ear of Australia's competition and consumer watchdog, the ACCC, in its pleas to be able to fix their own farm equipment. More...

mproved mobile coverage for Far North Queensland

21 April 2020 | Warren Entsch MP

Far North Queenslanders will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program.

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said. Far North Queensland will receive two new Telstra small cell towers under the latest round of the government’s highly-successful program. More...




Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 21 April 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week ending 24 April 2020

TownApr YTD
Mareeba 37.0419.2
Cairns 41.2928.4
Innisfail 237.01535.9
Tully 201.21474.8
Ingham 67.51302.4
Ayr 99.6896.4
Proserpine 30.2588.2
Mackay 91.6974.6
Maryborough 16.2501.8
Ballina 52.6975.8
Yamba 58.8943.4

Fresh Forest Regrowth May Offset Climate Hit From Australia Fires

21 April 2020 | Source

The vast swathes of smoke that blanketed Australia during its most devastating bushfire season on record are expected to have a negligible long-term impact on the climate.

Despite the razing of an area the size of England, and the spewing out of more than one-and-a-half times the nation’s annual carbon-dioxide emissions, forest regrowth over the next decade will offset much of the impact from the blazes, Australia’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources said Tuesday in a report. However, global climate change could affect the recovery process and its impact would be monitored closely. More...