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13 August 2021




Wilmar Sugar's first shipment departs Mackay

9 August 2021 | North Queensland Register

The first raw sugar of the 2021 growing season has been shipped out of the Port of Mackay with many local cane growers eagerly watching on as raw sugar produced at their local mill headed south.

Wilmar's Plane Creek grower marketing consultant, Angus McKerrow and Mackay Sugar Terminal mechanical supervisor, Hamish Beveridge said the Mackay port tour was organised to provide cane growers throughout the region with insight into the sugar supply chain from the farm to the supermarket shelf. More...


Canegrowers: Rebate should be available to all irrigation operations

12 August 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Queensland's peak sugarcane growers body is calling the recent irrigation rebate given to horticultural growers as "unfair" and "discriminatory" to broadacre farming operations. 

The Palaszczuk government announced recently that horticulture growers would be able to access a further 35 per cent rebate on water charges. More...


Sugar giant charged with industrial manslaughter after worker electrocuted in Far North Queensland

12 August 2021 | ABC

Charges have been laid against one of the country's biggest sugar millers after a worker was electrocuted on the job in Far North Queensland two years ago.

Brett Quinn was killed while dogging for a crane that contacted, or came in close proximity to, overhead power lines while working on a cane rail system at Little Mulgrave, near Gordonvale, south of Cairns in 2019. More...


Wilmar Sugar Australia postpones Invicta Centenary community celebrations

9 August 2021 | North Queensland Register

Wilmar Sugar Australia has postponed its Invicta Centenary community celebrations this Friday due to the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19.

Burdekin Regional Operations manager Paul Turnbull said the decision to defer the community celebrations until later in the year was not made lightly. More...


Sunshine Coast distillery mix things up with sugarcane

13 August 2021 | Queensland Country Life

In a mixture of Queensland firsts, Woombye company, Cavu Distilling, are using sugarcane to create two new spirits. Launching later this year, their Original Cane product, under their Sunshine & Sons brand, will use locally sourced sugarcane, Oakes & Sons farm, to create a sweet fermented sugarcane spirit. More...


Sugar soars as crops in world's top producer Brazil hit by frosts

11 August 2021 | Reuters

Sugar prices hit their highest level in more than four years on Tuesday after a report confirmed damage to sugarcane crops in the world’s larger producer Brazil from unusually harsh frosts in June and July.

Sugar production in Brazil’s centre-south region fell by 11% in the second half of July to 3 million tonnes, industry group Unica said, more than expected. Unica added that the three waves of frosts that hit the agricultural areas had further damaged crops already hurt by the worst drought in 90 years. More...



Equitable water pricing still a hole in the bucket

11 August 2021 | QFF

Water is a critical input for Queensland’s irrigation industry and essential for the future success and growth of agriculture. However, this success and growth is reliant on irrigators’ ability to access affordable, reliable, and secure water particularly in the face of climate change. With on-farm water utilisation in decline and the number of irrigation businesses falling, deliberate and strategic action from the state government is required to capitalise on available opportunities so irrigators can continue producing high quality food, fibre and foliage. More...


Cash flows to help horticulture

10 August 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Last year Growcom applauded an election commitment made by the Palaszczuk government to discount irrigation water prices for the horticulture sector by 50 per cent.

This commitment amounts to an estimated $23 million spend over three years, and is the single largest investment by the Queensland government in the horticulture sector to promote its growth and create more regional jobs. More...

2021-22 cotton season shaping up to be one of the largest on record, Rabobank says

13 August 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Excellent seasonal conditions and strong prices are fuelling a positive outlook for Australia's cotton sector, with expectations next year's crop could be one of the largest on record, according to Rabobank.. More...


Hemp crops have yielded up 4.8 tonnes per hectare in the NT

8 August 2021 | Queensland Country Life

The Northern Territory is exploring whether its warm winter weather could deliver an edge in Australia's emerging industrial hemp market. Hemp is an environmentally sustainable crop that can be used in thousands of products including building materials, textiles and beer. More...


Land price push from family or corporate farms

13 August 2021 | Farm Online

Is it the deep pockets of the corporates or the desperation of family farmers to seize the opportunity to buy the block next door that is pushing farmland prices to new records?

Australian family farms are keen to grow, Elders head of agribusiness investment Mark Barber said. More...


Fertiliser trial results put into practice

11 August 2021 | Farm Weekly

Increased confidence in the science supporting phosphorus application has seen major fertiliser companies incorporate the recent findings in the models they use to generate fertiliser advice for farmers. More...

Bayer set to phase out domestic glyphosate products in the US

11 August 2021 | Farm Weekly

Bayer has made the decision to remove its glyphosate products from domestic use in the United States. While standing by the safety record of the products, which it maintains are safe to use, the company is conscious of the large legal burden created by lawsuits alleging its products have caused cancer. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD
8 Aug 2021 Mossman 43,784
8 Aug 2021 Tableland 275,430 15.00 13.94
8 Aug 2021 Mulgrave 408,102 11.77 11.29 
8 Aug 2021 South Johnstone 367,762 11.85 11.42
13 Aug 2021 Tully 814,350 13.23 12.65
8 Aug 2021 Victoria 717,502 12.95 12.37
8 Aug 2021 Macknade 343,360
7 Aug 2021 Invicta 1,302,078 15.13 14.22
7 Aug 2021 Pioneer 698,328 15.03 14.21
7 Aug 2021 Kalamia 643,676 14.55 13.82
7 Aug 2021 Inkerman 529,603 14.95 13.70
7 Aug 2021 Proserpine 431,127 14.61 14.03
8 Aug 2021 Mackay 1,577,810 14.18 13.11
7 Aug 2021 Plane Creek 445,109 14.47 13.34
8 Aug 2021 Bundaberg 277,086 14.03 13.31
Rocky Point
1 Aug 2021 Harwood 144,510 12.14 11.16
1 Aug 2021 Broadwater 196,375 12.38 11.58
1 Aug 2021 Condong 116,674 11.96 11.30



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 10 August 2021

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 13 August 2021

TownAug YTD
 Mossman 16.61311.0
Mareeba 0.6 791.2
Cairns 12.2 2242.2
Innisfail 64.44140.2
Tully 64.44140.2
Ingham 11.62975.7
Ayr 1.4879.2
Proserpine 40.8904.2
Mackay 17.2914.6
Maryborough 12.2543.0
Ballina 17.01346.0
Yamba 7.01336.4

Australia's weather forecast for the week to come

9 August 2021 | Farm Online

A cold front will move through Australia this week, starting in Western Australia before reaching the east coast mid-week. Bureau of Meteorology's senior meteorologist Jonathan How has broken down what agricultural regions all over Australia should expect this week. More...


As the planet warms, these farmers are adapting to an uncertain future

11 August 2021 | ABC

If the climate becomes drier, farmers in some parts of SA's Eyre Peninsula could find it harder to make a living. But they're already adapting to an uncertain future of climate change and dwindling townships. More...


Farming may not be viable if planet continues trend to 3 degree increase

11 August 2021 | Farm Online

Farming in most of Australia may not be viable if the planet continues on its current climate change trajectory to a global increase of 3 degrees, a new international report says.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is the most comprehensive ever composed on climate science, referencing 1400 papers, with over 260 lead authors from 60 countries. More...