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21 February 2020




CSIRO researcher issues dire warning for Australian agriculture industry after fall armyworm found on mainland

18 February 2020 | ABC

A CSIRO researcher studying an invasive moth species, known as fall armyworm, has said Australia may struggle to eradicate it if it gets a hold on the mainland.

Biosecurity Queensland yesterday confirmed to the ABC that a single armyworm moth had been detected at Bamaga at the tip of Cape York.

The detection of the species on the Australian mainland comes less than a week after authorities revealed the pest had been found on Saibai and Erub islands in the northern Torres Strait

The CSIRO's Dr Wee Tek Tay said if one moth had reached the mainland, it was highly probable that others had made it that far.

"It can fly 100 or 200 kilometres quite easily, especially with the right conditions and prevailing winds," he said.

The fall armyworm is native to the Americas and since 2016 has spread through 65 countries across Africa and Asia.

Dr Tay said none of the 65 countries the fall armyworm had successfully invaded had attempted to eradicate it, largely because of the difficulty of doing so.

"Australia, however, has very advanced scientific research and good coordination between government and industry bodies so [successful eradication] all depends on the rate that the pest is establishing," he said.

It is known to damage more than 350 different plant species, including maize, sorghum, wheat and fruit and vegetable crops. In India, it has caused losses of up to 20 per cent of sugarcane crops.

For more information, including pictures and how to identify fall armyworm, visit Biosecurity Queensland


Cane toads hitchhiking across NSW border from Queensland to Glen Innes

14 February 2020 | ABC

Two cane toads have been spotted in Glen Innes after "hitching a ride" on a truck from Queensland in what local authorities say is becoming disturbingly regular and which could threaten native species. More...


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Declining cane production trend continues across industry

17 February 2020 | North Queensland Register

Queensland's challenging year after suffering significant production declines and low prices during 2019. More...


Liquid rubber made from sugar cane

12 February 2020 | Tire Technology International

Kuraray has developed a bio-based Liquid Farnesene Rubber (L-FR), offering co-cross-linking, improved grip and greater sustainability in rubber formulations. More...




QFF Energy Savers team completes 100 farm audits

19 February 2020 | QFF

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has reached a major milestone in the Energy Savers Plus Program Extension, with half of the 200 farm energy audits now complete and significant energy savings identified. More...

Rural Irrigation Price Investigation 2020-24 report proposes some increases

19 February 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Queensland irrigators will cop another kick in the guts on July 1, if the Queensland government heeds the recommendations of the Queensland Competition Authority's rural water pricing report.

Following more than 12 months of analysis, the Rural Irrigation Price Investigation 2020-24 report was submitted to the Queensland government on January 31 and will be used to set the price path for irrigation water from 2020 to 2024. More...



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 18 February 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week ending 21 February 2020

Town Feb YTD
Mareeba 63.2254.4
Cairns 8.8469.4
Innisfail 63.8541.0
Tully 69.0 442.6
Ingham 178.2550.5
Ayr 6.8578.4
Proserpine 67.0231.6
Mackay 69.4311.0
Maryborough 295.0366.4
Ballina 556.4726.4
Yamba 331.0621.2


23 February 2020 - Project Catalyst Forum 2020 - Mackay

25 February 2020 - SIX EASY STEPS Workshops - Mackay

25 February 2020 - SIX EASY STEPS One Day Nutrient Management Workshop - Mackay

28 February 2020 - SIX EASY STEPS Workshops - Plane Creek