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16 October 2020




Australian Cane Farmers Association 2020 Annual General Meeting

9 October 2020 | AGM


- Consideration of the financial statements;

- Board remuneration, and

- Reappointment of the Auditor

Any other business that may be properly brought before an annual general meeting will be special business and will require written notification to the company 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Members of ACFA are advised that you must be a voting Member of the Company in order to be entitled to vote at the AGM.

Members of ACFA are advised that a member who is entitled to attend and cast a vote at this meeting, may appoint a person as a member’s proxy to attend and vote for the member at the meeting. Each member may appoint one proxy. A proxy must be a Member of the Company.

RSVP by 28 October 2020.  Email to register or request a proxy form. 

Meeting link will be emailed to registered individuals prior to the meeting date.


Research targets bigger profits for canegrowers

14 October 2020 | Bundaberg Now

Sugarcane growers in the Bundaberg region could soon be increasing their productivity and profitability thanks to researchers from the University of Southern Queensland.

After a bittersweet start to the year – with farmers batting drought and heavy rain – irrigation experts are teaming up with locals to help produce bigger yields.

It’s part of the Australian Government’s Smarter Irrigation for Profit (Phase 2) project, tackling some of Australia’s water issues. More...

Smarter Irrigation for Profit (Phase 2)


QDL 2020 Annual General Meeting

13 October 2020 | QSL

Queensland Sugar Limited will hold its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 10am on Friday 23 October 2020 at the Christie Conference Centre, 320 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.

QSL Chairman Guy Cowan and QSL Managing Director and CEO Greg Beashel will both address the meeting. More...


Fall armyworm makes it to NSW

14 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Destructive agricultural pest fall armyworm is continuing its march south and has been detected for the first time in northern NSW.

A single fall armyworm moth was trapped near a sorghum crop between Moree and Boggabilla during routine surveillance by NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services.

NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall urged farmers in the district to remain vigilant.

"This is the first known detection of the pest in NSW and its early detection will help minimise the impacts of fall armyworm," Mr Marshall said. More...

Reef regulations 'blunt force' say dissenting LNP senators

9 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

The Palaszczuk government's 2019 regulations claimed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from farming activities have been condemned as a destructive, 'blunt force' policy approach.

In handing down their minority dissenting report today (Friday), the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs Committee's LNP members said the controversial regulations would not only guarantee a decline of Queensland's $12 billion agricultural industries, but also decimate regional communities reliant on agriculture. More...


Farmers say Reef regulations confusing, divisive, politicised

9 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Farmers say two conflicting Senate reports are symbolic of the confusing, divisive and politicised nature of the Palaszczuk Government's reef regulations.

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs Committee today (Friday) released a majority report, as well as a dissenting report, on the evidence base used to justify the Queensland Government's latest round of reef regulations. More...


Canegrowers demand action ahead of state election

6 October 2020 | North Queensland Register

Vision and zeal in government policy is required for Queensland's billion dollar sugar industry to reach its full potential.

The industry's peak lobby group Canegrowers is calling on the next state government to deliver reforms that will allow the industry to prosper. More...



When is enough, enough?

14 October 2020 | QFF

The Senate Regional and Rural Affairs Transport References Committee recently tabled its final report on its Inquiry into the Queensland Government’s Reef regulations. While LNP members wrote a dissenting report, the Committee made no attempt to relieve farmers operating in the Reef catchments of the excessive regulatory burden the laws place on them, and many will understandably be disillusioned and deflated by this. More...


2020 delivers the relief New South Wales farmers have been longing for

12 October 2020 | ABC

A dramatic recovery from drought across New South Wales is giving many farmers the opportunity to plan ahead for future dry spells.

Regular rain since February 2020 has filled dams, boosted soil moisture, grown pastures for livestock and allowed landholders to sow winter crops. More...

'Dire circumstances' as mighty Mary River stops running

15 October 2020 | ABC

A local river management group says alarm bells should be ringing as Queensland's mighty Mary River slows to a trickle, putting the environment and hundreds of irrigated farms at risk.

Project officer for the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC) Brad Wedlock says the river has "basically stopped flowing". More...


International Rural Women's Day recognises women are taking on key roles in agriculture but still face challenges

15 October 2020 | ABC

Trailblazing rural women are taking on key leadership roles in agriculture, but ongoing barriers in the classroom and on the farm have held back diversity gains.

Leading the nation's peak agriculture body and its members through a pandemic is not something Fiona Simson has done alone, but something she has been a driving force of. More...


Women on the rise in agriculture

14 October 2020 | Farm Online

On the eve of International Rural Women's Day, the National Farmers' Federation is celebrating a boost to the number of women in leadership positions in agriculture, an achievement assisted by the NFF's Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

Today, 12 women with skills and experience in agriculture and a vision for the industry's future, will graduate from the NFF's five-month one-on-one personal development mentoring program. More...

Minister labels ag carbon target 'fictional', questions who pays for it

14 October 2020 | Farm Online

The government won't support the ag industry's 2050 carbon neutral target because it's unclear "who pays for it", the federal Agriculture Minister says.

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has united the broad church of agriculture behind the 2050 target, however the government has refused to endorse it. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD
15 Oct 2020 Mossman 558,041
11 Oct 2020 Tableland 487,589 14.69 14.26
11 Oct 2020 Mulgrave  874,507  12.18 11.95
11 Oct 2020 South Johnstone 904,833 12.54 12.21
16 Oct 2020 Tully 1,735,174 13.46 12.72
10 Oct 2020 Victoria 1,989,858 13.76 12.81
10 Oct 2020 Macknade 911,253
10 Oct 2020 Invicta 2,414,915 15.72 14.28
10 Oct 2020 Pioneer 1,133,014 16.08 14.77
10 Oct 2020 Kalamia 1,129,532 15.05 14.25
10 Oct 2020 Inkerman 1,184,940 15.67 14.53
10 Pct 2020 Proserpine 1,163,014 15.23 14.03
11 Oct 2020 Mackay 3,463,727 15.44 13.78
10 Oct 2020 Plane Creek 906,955 15.40 13.84
11 Oct 2020 Bundaberg 982,643 15.72 14.59
11 Oct 2020 Maryborough 412,487 14.91 14.19
Rocky Point
11 Oct 2020 Harwood 373,674 12.76 11.47
11 Oct 2020 Broadwater 472,332 13.00 11.85
11 Oct 2020 Condong 347,796 12.40 11.27



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 13 October 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 16 October 2020

TownOct YTD
 Mossman 0.61702.0
Mareeba 0.0 475.8
Cairns 4.4 1309.2
Innisfail 10.42446.2
Tully 29.63039.6
Ingham 4.21617.3
Ayr 0.81024.8
Proserpine 27.2805.4
Mackay 2.41212.2
Maryborough 0.6711.6
Ballina 7.81673.4
Yamba 0.01426.0

La Nina and other systems point to wet weather ahead

15 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

The long expected La Nina event is now in place and this typically means that above average rainfall is favoured for at least the coming three months over most of eastern Australia.

But a few other issues that can affect rainfall potential have to be considered. More...

Qld remains dry despite La Nina

12 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Rain bringing La Nina conditions continue to prove elusive for Queensland, with generally dry conditions conditions continuing to prevail.

While there is good rain predicted for parts of NSW and Victoria over the next eight days, the northern state remains dry: good for grain and cane farmers wanting to harvest, but bad for livestock producers hoping for a decent spring break. More...


Preparation the key as the Bureau releases its Severe Weather Outlook

12 October 2020 | BoM

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Severe Weather Outlook for October to April, showing an increased risk of flooding for eastern Australia and tropical cyclones in the north, with roughly average potential for heatwaves and severe thunderstorms.

The current La Niña is likely to bring more rain to eastern and northern Australia, with some drought affected areas already seeing rainfall deficiencies ease and water storage levels increase. More...


La Nina summer: BOM predicts 11-plus cyclones

12 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

The Bureau of Meteorology says there is an average to slightly above-average number of tropical cyclones this season.

According to BOM, there are usually about 11 cyclones in Australian waters, with around four of these crossing the coast. More...