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20 November 2020




Bundaberg farmers say council rates rise too high, adding to crippling operating costs

19 November 2020 | ABC

In a landscape where the cost of farming is increasing, growers say they're struggling to cope with Bundaberg Regional Council's hefty rates rise.

Charles Grima, who has farmed sugarcane and sweet potatoes for decades, has had one of the area's highest increases in rates.

Previously his net half-yearly payment was $1,704 and now it's $5,771 — a rise of more than 238 per cent. More...


Fix needed for regional councils funding

18 November 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Despite significant challenges, from a protracted drought to rising input costs, burdensome government regulations and most recently, a global pandemic, the state's 24,000 farm businesses have continued to feed, clothe, and provide amenity to Queenslanders, Australians and many others around the world. However, farmers in the Bundaberg region have received little thanks for their continued hard work, instead receiving increases of up to 235 per cent, or as much as $30,000, in their rates notices this year. They were further dismayed when the Bundaberg Regional Council released its 2019-20 Annual Report which showed an operating surplus of $1.5 million. More...


AquaTill High Pressure Water Tillage System Update

20 November 2020 | SRA

SRA's Regional Coordinator for the Southern Region, James Ogden-Brown talks us through an update on AquaTill's performance in the Sugar Cane farming system. Watch here




There's a lot to celebrate this Ag Day

20 November 2020 | Queensland Country Life

As we celebrate National Agriculture Day and all the good that Aussie farmers do, this is also an opportune time to underline the importance and vital role that the industry plays in the life of our country.

Now in its fourth year, National Ag Day is a day for all of us to recognise the contributions farmers and regional communities make to our economy and social fabric. More...


Lack of labour leads to food insecurity

9 November 2020 | Growcom

Since the start of the pandemic the agriculture industry has been warning state and federal governments alike of a coming shortage of seasonal workers.

Now with the shortage becoming reality, and reports starting to trickle in of crops lost due to lack of labour, industry is now telling governments that things will get worse before they get better. More...

Statistics confirm: without irrigation in drought, we wouldn’t eat

19 November 2020 | National Irrigator's Council

by Admin | 19 November 2020More than 90% of Australia’s fruit, nuts and grapes; more 76% of vegetables, 100% of rice and more than 50% of dairy and sugar, came from irrigation in 2018-19 according to the latest release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The figures are based on gross value of farm gate product and come from the 2018-19 “Water Account” and “value of agricultural commodities” publications. More...

On-farm dams holding back water destined for Darling downstream communities, study suggests

19 November 2020 | ABC

Two former senior employees of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority have found there has been a 140 per cent increase in the volume of water harvested from floodplains and moved into on-farm storages in northern New South Wales since 1994. More...

Farmers feeling financially fine as coronavirus hits national mood

20 November 2020 | Farm Weekly

Farmers are one of the few groups to have experienced improved financial wellbeing since the onset of COVID-19 says new ANZ Banking Group research.

The research also revealed regional Australians had experienced a much smaller decline in their ability to meet financial commitments than their city cousins so far during the pandemic emergency. More...

Ag initiatives critical to recession-busting rebound for Australia

18 November 2020 | Queensland Country Life

The world's hunger for Australian food exports is shrinking as the coronavirus recession undermines global trade and exposes our relatively unsophisticated agricultural supply chains as a risk to the nation's economic recovery.

Global merchandise trade contracted more than 14 per cent between March and July and worldwide foreign investment activity is likely to sink 40pc this year as economic growth falls to minus 4.5pc. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD
3 Nov 2020
Mossman 647,984
15 Nov 2020 Tableland 596,800 14.81 14.37
15 Nov 2020 Mulgrave  1,198,992  12.98  12.18  
15 Nov 2020 South Johnstone 1,282,817 12.59 12.29
20 Nov 2020 Tully 2,257,597 13.72 12.93
14 Nov 2020 Victoria 2,657,681 13.88 13.12
14 Nov 2020 Macknade 1,224,580
14 Nov 2020 Invicta 3,119,398 14.78 14.47
14 Nov 2020 Pioneer 1,476,024 15.27 14.90
14 Nov 2020 Kalamia 1,489,462 14.67 14.42
14 Nov 2020 Inkerman 1,508,365 15.06 14.71
14 Nov 2020 Proserpine 1,535,795 14.63 14.35
15 Nov 2020 Mackay 4,419,327 14.67 14.16
14 Nov 2020 Plane Creek 1,185,950 15.00 14.21
25 Oct 2020 Bundaberg 1,039,258 16.21 14.67
11 Nov 2020 Isis 675,020 15.48 14.70
13 Nov 2020 Maryborough 610,241 15.09 14.48
Rocky Point
15 Nov 2020 Harwood 494,847 13.17 11.78
15 Nov 2020 Broadwater 637,184 13.03 12.16
15 Nov 2020 Condong 458,540 12.15 11.53



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 17 November 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 20 November 2020

Town Nov YTD
Mareeba 0.2 480.2
Cairns 7.61319.2
Innisfail 18.02466.8
Tully 19.03135.4
Ingham 8.61638.5
Ayr 0.21036.0
Proserpine 19.2832.6
Mackay 29.01271.8
Maryborough 8.8755.6
Ballina 37.21791.2
Yamba 419.61493.0

No excuses left say farmers as warming tops 1.4 degrees

13 November 2020 | Farmers For Climate Action

Farmers say the Federal Government has no alternative but to embrace a green recovery, amid news that Australia’s temperatures have already warmed 1.44 degrees celsius since 1910.

Farmers for Climate Action Chair Charlie Prell said: “Every new report on climate change tends to be more dire than the last, and this new research from CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology is no exception. More...