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10 October 2021




Marketing deadline looming

7 October 2021 | QSL

Queensland cane growers are reminded that they only have until 31 October to choose which sugar marketer they would like to use for next season.

Since the introduction of Marketing Choice in 2017, growers have been able to choose whether they wish to use their miller or their industry-owned marketer, Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL), for pricing, payment and marketing services. More...


Webinar: Screening for disease resistance and improved disease resistance

8 October 2021 | SRA

In this webinar Dr Shamsul Bhuiyan will explain the SRA’s sugarcane screening process, how sugarcane disease screening data is interpreted, and the future for disease screening. Watch here


Harvesting Decision-Support Tool - Harvesting Trials

1 October 2021 | SRA

Harvest loss trials and a demonstration of the harvest decision support tool took place in August. Thanks to Mackay Sugar for the drone footage which we have used to create a short video explaining the trials and the demonstration. Watch here


Far Northern Milling Crushing Update

6 October 2021 | FNM

It is expected that Mossman Mill will cease crushing for the 2021 season on or around Wednesday, 3 November 2021 depending on final crop tonnes, weather and crushing performance. The current crop forecast is 640,000 tonnes. Source


Explosion of coastal feral pig population threatens crops, livestock and emus

7 October 2021 | ABC

Feral pigs in pockets of New South Wales' North Coast are causing havoc for farmers as the invasive pest destroys crops, pastures and threatens livestock.

A recent burst of rain has brought the destructive animal out hunting for food, with reports of a boar killing a calf. They have also ravaged sugar cane and blueberry fields. More...




Agriculture needed to achieve net zero

6 October 2021 | QFF

Maintaining a sustainable and profitable agriculture sector is essential to the longevity and prosperity of Queensland farmers and the environment into the future. As Australia considers implementing a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Queensland has already adopted this target and farmers are already proving themselves to be firmly a part of the solution. More...


How farmers can get drought-proof income with unproductive remnant vegetation

8 October 2021 | Farm Online

Farmers are being urged to apply for a pilot program that will give them drought-proof income for improving the remnant vegetation on their land. 

The $22.3-million program, designed and administered by the Australian National University, aims to pay farmers for turning unproductive parts of their land into conservation areas. More...


Farmers face fertiliser shortages, higher prices after China export ban

6 October 2021 | Farm Online

Soaring gas prices and import challenges have put a chokehold on fertiliser availability in Victoria, as prices for urea and phosphate have nearly tripled on year-ago levels.

Urea price hits 13-year high, China 'bans' phosphate exports, glyphosate prices surge

3 October 2021 | Farm Online

Farmers looking to secure inputs for next year's crop have been getting a rude shock, with urea prices hitting a 13-year-high, China 'banning' phosphate exports and glyphosate prices surging. More...


One person's loss is another one's gain

5 October 2021 | Farm Online

The extent of winter crop damage, and subsequent grain production loss, due to the devastating drought conditions throughout much of Canada this year is borne out in the latest "Outlook for Principal Field Crops", which was released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in late September. More...


Southern Cross University regenerative ag course named nation's best agriculture degree

4 October 2021 | Farm Online

In just three years, Southern Cross University's regenerative agriculture course has been named the number one agriculture degree in the nation. 

The Good Universities Guide released its ranks, with the Southern Cross University course - which is the first in the world to teach regenerative ag - topping all ag degrees based on students' ratings of their overall education experience. More...


Farmland value in every state, Rabobank report shows

4 October 2021 | Farm Online

A pioneering Rabobank report shows there are still pockets of farmland value right across the country, if you know where to look.

The report compares the price of land in different regions using rainfall and even production performance and reliability data. More...


Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot Funding Applications Now Open

October 2021 | Burnett Mary Regional Group

The Australian Government Agriculture Stewardship Package is rewarding farmers for providing biodiversity stewardship on-farm. 

The Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot (ERVP) has just been announced and is seeking applications from agricultural landholders who are interested in protecting and enhancing remnant vegetation stands of 5 ha – 200 ha on their property. More...


Research into seaweed impact in reducing livestock methane takes scientists to Eureka award finals

5 October 2021 | ABC

A team of scientists researching if a seaweed additive in cattle feed can reduce the methane emissions of livestock has reached the finals of the prestigious Eureka Science Awards, to be presented this week. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD
6 Oct 2021 Mossman 483,091
3 Oct 2021 Tableland 488,136 14.00 14.14
3 Oct 2021 Mulgrave 868,534 11.45 11.44
3 Oct 2021 South Johnstone 747,156 11.52 11.50
8 Oct 2021 Tully 1,624,744 12.63 12.70
2 Oct 2021 Victoria 1,680,912 12.86 12.67
2 Oct 2021 Macknade 795,255
2 Oct 2021 Invicta 2,257,340 14.53 14.49
2 Oct 2021 Pioneer 1,205,981 15.02 14.59
2 Oct 2021 Kalamia 1,155,440 14.33 14.10
2 Oct 2021 Inkerman 1,064,959 14.82 14.31
2 Oct 2021 Proserpine 1,010,198 14.63 14.40
2 Oct 2021 Plane Creek 860,460 15.23 14.18
3 Oct 2021 Bundaberg 630,176 15.17 14.08
12 Sep 2021 Isis 533,437 14.36 13.69
12 Sep 2021 Rocky Point 102,651 14.36 13.69
3 Oct 2021 Harwood 395,010 12.56 12.15
3 Oct 2021 Broadwater 454,379 13.52 12.49
3 Oct 2021 Condong 311,701 12.74 12.16



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 5 October 2021

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 8 October 2021

Town Oct YTD
Mossman 0.01365.2
Mareeba 0.0 810.2
Cairns 0.2 2264.2
Innisfail 0.04311.8
Tully 0.04311.8
Ingham 0.13047.1
Ayr 0.2942.2
Proserpine 0.0981.2
Mackay 9.6997.4
Maryborough 31.4598.8
Ballina 15.01423.0
Yamba 11.61385.0



WHS webinars: Protecting your employees, yourself and your business

30 September 2021 | Growcom

Enabling agribusinesses to have the right tools to keep on top of workplace health and safety (WHS) practices will be a priority when Growcom hosts two free webinars in October. More...


2022 evokeAG start-up program applications open until October 25

6 October 2021 | Farm Online

Agrifood start-up and scale-up businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their products as part of the next evokeAG cohort. 

The evokeAG start-up program is designed to identify global start-ups with technology solutions that are helping solve Australian agricultural supply chain challenges, and connect scaleable global start-ups with the Australian and New Zealand ecosystem, including investors and customers. More...