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17 July 2020




Reducing fertiliser use on cane farms in North Queensland

14 July 2020 | North Queensland Register

A third generation cane grower who is transitioning his farm to be less reliant on artificial fertilisers says soil health is key.

Ingham cane grower Robert Bonassi has focused on fallow crops and using mill by-products to slash his fertiliser rates without affecting yield.

Mr Bonassi cut his fertiliser rates by up to 20 per cent over four years - moving from 160kg of nitrogen per hectare to 120-130kg for plant cane and 145kg for ratoons.

He said maintaining healthy soils was essential."We'd always taken soil samples but now we target every block we fallow on a yearly basis," Mr Bonassi said.

"You've got to keep the soil healthy when you're reducing nitrogen and phosphorous." More...


Sunshine Sugar Takes Out International Award

17 July 2020 | Sunshine Sugar

The winners of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for 2020 have been announced and Sunshine Sugar isproud to be a recipient of a Silver Award for Innovative Management in Consumer Product & ServiceIndustries in the category of ‘Innovation in Management.’

The Stevie® Awards were created in 2002 to honour and generate recognition of the achievements andpositive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. The name Stevie is derivedfrom the Greek word for “crowned.” More...


Webinar: Value adding: converting bagasse into animal feed

15 July 2020 | SRA

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) and Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Dr Mark Harrison provide this update on converting bagasse into animal feed.

SRA has invested in the development of new technologies to transform sugarcane bagasse and trash into nutritious animal feed ingredients. Research at QUT is underway to demonstrate that these new animal feed ingredients are safe for animals to eat, that animals will eat feed containing these ingredients, and that they can either replace existing animal feed ingredients without reducing productivity or improve productivity. The presentation provides an overview of the new ingredients that have been developed, the results of safety, palatability, and efficacy trials in chickens, and an overview of pig and sheep feeding trials scheduled for 2020.

The Biorefineries for Profit project is supported by SRA through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural R&D for Profit Program and partners. Watch Here.


Fall armyworm detection in western Queensland sparks pasture concerns

16 July 2020 | ABC

The fall armyworm, an exotic agricultural pest, has been detected in outback Queensland and experts say it may be impossible to eradicate.

Fall armyworm were initially detected in far north Queensland in February, but have now been found hundreds of kilometres away in the Longreach area. More...


Australian Sugar Milling Council: Trade and investment a sugar success story

14 July 2020 | Market Screener

The Queensland regional economy and the Australian raw sugar industry have been major beneficiaries of more than $7 billion worth of investment over the past 15 years.

Giving evidence at the virtual Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth (14 July), the Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC) explained the importance of exports to the sugar milling sector, which account for more than 75% of its $2 billion annual revenues. More...


From sugarcane ashes to clean beauty: Meet Aprinnova's latest ingredient

15 July 2020 | Cosmetics Business

Aprinnova, the leading supplier of high performance, clean beauty ingredients is commercialising a plant-derived silica made from sugarcane ashes.

Silica is used widely in personal care and cosmetics. It is traditionally sourced from non-renewable sand dredging, which requires significant energy consumption and emits large amounts of C02.

The new ingredient called Biosilica can be used in foundations, creams, lotions and other applications as a sustainable and high performing alternative to traditional silica. More...




Farmers must be heard over noise nuisance

15 July 2020 | Queensland Country Life

There is a concerning disconnect in the general public's (and government's) understanding (and even acceptance) of the role that agriculture has in supplying food, fibre and foliage to meet critical human needs. In many local government areas, farmers are experiencing encroachment by commercial and residential land uses and attrition of existing buffer zones because of poor urban planning. One significant area of concern for farmers pertains to the operation of irrigation pumps, vehicles and other equipment while being held to an unrealistic noise standard. This lack of information about the agriculture sector is threatening its social licence to operate and inherent 'right to farm'. More...


How to brand regenerative agriculture?

17 July 2020 | The Land

It was a question from one of the more than 400 visitors to Agriwebb's 'The Future of Farming series: Regenerative Agriculture' that exposed an unresolved quandary.

How do you create a brand consumers can relate to, and retailers can use as a stamp of assured quality, so regenerative farmers can fetch premium prices? More...


Tully banana farmer creates wetland to improve run-off water quality

13 July 2020 | North Queensland Register

An unusable piece of water-logged land on a Tully banana farm has been transformed into a wetland in a bid to improve run-off water quality.Tully grower Patrick Leahy saw potential for a constructed wetland on his 121 hectare farm."It was an unusable piece of land in a low-lying area of the farm," Mr Leahy said. More...

Pesticide mixtures a bigger problem than previously thought

14 July 2020 | Science Daily

New research led by The University of Queensland has provided the first comprehensive analysis of pesticide mixtures in creeks and rivers discharging to the Great Barrier Reef.

UQ's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences researcher Associate Professor Michael Warne conducted the study with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, and analysed 2600 water samples from 15 waterways that discharge into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon over a four-year period. More...


Nufarm chemical closures spark calls to safeguard locally made ag inputs

6 July 2020 | Farm Weekly

Farmers are growing increasingly nervous about the long-term reliability of chemical supplies and want Canberra to adopt an industry strategy encouraging minimum production capacity, similar to the national fuel reserve policy. More...


Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants

5 Jul 2020 | Australian Government

The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants provides small businesses with grants of up to $20,000 to improve their energy efficiency. Grants may be used for equipment and component improvements, energy audits, feasibility studies and/or energy use and emission monitoring. More...

2020 Queensland Agriculture Awards

July 2020 | Queensland Government

Passionate innovators and key influencers in the agricultural sector will once again be recognised by the 2020 Queensland Agriculture Awards.

There are two awards—the Peter Kenny Medal and the Minister’s Emerging Leader Award.

Nominations close 20 July 2020. More...


Bayer settlement plans hit speed hump

13 July 2020 | Farm Online

Bayer's hopes of a smooth process settling thousands of the Roundup court cases lodged against it in the US have hit a road block.

The agribusiness giant last month launched its plans to settle the majority of the cases in the US against it, alleging its glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup caused cancer, at a cost of $A15 billion. More...

Supercharge ag and avoid recession with 'achievable' policy tweaks: National Farmers Federation

14 July 2020 | Farm Online

Australia can stave off a recession by supercharging its agriculture sector with a few "achievable" priorities and policy tweaks, the National Farmers' Federation says.

The peak agricultural body revealed its vision to start the COVID-19 economic recovery in the bush, with a focus on cutting red tape for farm businesses, increasing regional manufacturing, acting on environmental reforms and fixing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP). More...



Bug cam could revolutionise precision ag

17 July 2020 | Farm Weekly

A camera small enough to fit on the back of an insect could help revolutionise precision agriculture. The University of Washington (UW) in the United States this week announced it had come up with a working camera, weighing in at a preposterously light 250 milligrams, or a fifth of the weight of a quarter teaspoon or salt, that can be fitted to the back of a bug. More...


Drones to spy on weeds

16 July 2020 | Farm Weekly

Researchers at the University of Western Australia (UWA) are using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), known to many as drones, to help combat early weeds in wheat crops.

The primary goal of the research was to identify the weeds and their growth stage to help find the best time to apply herbicide to control them. More...

Innovative farmers challenged to solve water woes Bridge Hub 2020 Water Challenge

16 July 2020 | Farm Online

A challenge has been thrown out to innovative farmers, tech startups and agribusinesses to come up with solutions to the nation's biggest water worries.

The Bridge Hub 2020 Water Challenge asks punits to solve questions such as how can agriculture use less water yet increase its profitability and how can arid areas be turned into productive regions. More...

Tactical nitrogen approach boosts quality

12 July 2020 | Farm Weekly

New research has found that taking a tactical approach to nitrogen (N) applications based on environmental conditions can provide opportunities that might otherwise be overlooked.

The Tactical Wheat Agronomy for Western Australia research project, a joint Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment, has challenged conventional thinking about when to apply nitrogen. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD
5 Jul 2020 Mossman 41,409 n/a n/a
12 Jul 2020 Tableland 149,056 13.70 13.49
12 Jul 2020 Mulgrave 138,304  10.72   10.59 
12 Jul 2020 South Johnstone 86,727  11.25 11.03
10 Jul 2020 Tully 307,652 11.79 11.36
11 Jul 2020 Victoria 271,608 11.21 11.11
11 Jul 2020 Macknade 102,780
11 Jul 2020 Invicta 580,072 13.20 12.54
11 Jul 2020 Pioneer 271,227 13.89 13.13
11 Jul 2020 Kalamia 296,903 13.50 13.05
11 Jul 2020 Inkerman 297,074 13.79 13.20
11 Jul 2020 Proserpine 107,097 12.58 12.45
12 Jul 2020 Mackay 769,684 12.38 11.96
11 Jul 2020 Plane Creek 147,300 12.34 11.97
11 Jul 2020 Bundaberg 64.060 13.37 13.37
Rocky Point
5 Jul 2020 Harwood 37,029 9.65 9.27
5 Jul 2020 Broadwater 45,852 10.23 10.17
5 Jul 2020 Condong 69,783 10.56 10.12



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 14 July 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 17 July 2020

TownJul YTD
 Mossman29.8 1634.0
Mareeba 0.4 465.4
Cairns 32.6 1235.0
Innisfail 135.02344.1
Tully 104.02436.4
Ingham 59.62344.1
Ayr 1.0959.4
Proserpine 33.4731.0
Mackay 19.21140.2
 Bundaberg7.4 428.8
Maryborough 11.8 584.4
 Beenleigh17.6 803.2
 Murwillumbah 14.41266.0
Ballina 10.01400.0
Yamba 20.21115.2

Farmers look for late winter rainfall boost

15 July 2020 | Farm Weekly

Crops in the Charlton district in central Victoria have seldom looked so good at this time of year.

A good opening autumn break was enough to join up with moisture deposited by summer rain and give crops every chance early. More...




29 July 2020 - 2020 Biosecurity Webinar Series | SRA