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  • Title: CANEGROWERS - peak group for sugarcane growers
    Descriptive info: .. Our Offices.. |.. Contact Us.. Site Map.. Log In.. Industry Centre.. About Us.. About CANEGROWERS.. About the Industry.. Our people.. Statistics facts and figures.. Meet some Australian sugarcane growers.. Big issues.. Our policies.. Wilmar proposal: growers fight for transparent marketing.. Electricity price hikes must be stopped.. Environmental guardianship rainforest, land reef.. Grower Centre.. Biosecurity login.. Electricity tariff tool.. RWUE.. Chemical safety records.. Classifieds.. Finance.. Industrial relations.. OH S.. Permits approvals.. Weather.. Publications Centre.. Sugarcane industry - NOW and THEN.. Annual Reports.. Australian Canegrower Magazine.. Grower publications download.. Events.. Schools pack.. Glossary.. Kids Centre.. The story of sugarcane: paddock to plate.. Movie Centre.. Virtual Bus Tour.. The Cane Tube.. Media Centre.. Media Contacts.. Media Releases.. Media Releases Archive.. Careers.. What jobs skills are needed.. Check local listings register interest.. Check our jobs noticeboard.. Farm recruitment agencies.. Smartcane BMP.. Our BMP people.. BMP all the best bits of existing systems.. BMP Booklets.. Latest news in the Smartcane BMP project.. Smartcane BMP FAQ.. CANECARD.. Ravensdown Fertiliser.. Insurance.. Legal.. Farm supplies.. Financial.. header.. images.. insurance.. permits..  ...   growers by corporate millers: farcical as COFCO now gives notice.. - Jun 30.. Bitter pill for sugar growers: calls mount on government to intervene.. - Jun 27.. Featured News.. Wilmar - what.. you.. can do to join the fight.. click here.. Electricity -.. to read more.. Ravensdown.. - to read more.. More.. Avatars now helping farmers reduce environmental impact:.. @MattKealley.. explains online program.. http://t.. co/o1IFtZLs9e.. co/GgTqWwUYns.. Follow us on Twitter.. YouTube.. Facebook.. Twitter.. LinkedIn.. Sugarcane | An important rural industry for Australia.. 3rd.. largest raw sugar supplier in world.. 7th.. largest agricultural exporter in Australia.. 80%.. exported.. $1.. 7 - $2.. billion value of production.. 30-35 Mt.. cane.. 4-4.. 5 Mt.. raw sugar.. 4000.. cane farm businesses.. 24.. sugar mills.. 6.. bulk storage ports.. Most Visited.. Classifieds:.. noticeboard.. Schools pack:.. new sugarcane fact sheets for kids.. BMP:.. Booklet free download.. Electricity tariff tool download.. External RSS.. Byron Shire News: Stock and station agents set up in Lismore.. Cairns Post: Murder not ruled out in plunge death.. Copyright 2010.. CANEGROWERS.. Privacy Policy.. Brightlabs.. Web Design..

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  • Title: CANEGROWERS - Contact Us
    Descriptive info: >.. CANEGROWERS Australia.. CANEGROWERS Queensland.. CANEGROWERS New South Wales.. CANEGROWERS Cairns Region.. CANEGROWERS Bundaberg.. CANEGROWERS Burdekin.. CANEGROWERS Herbert River.. CANEGROWERS Inkerman.. CANEGROWERS Innisfail.. CANEGROWERS Invicta.. CANEGROWERS Isis.. CANEGROWERS Mackay.. CANEGROWERS Mossman.. CANEGROWERS Maryborough.. CANEGROWERS Proserpine.. CANEGROWERS Rocky Point.. CANEGROWERS Tableland.. CANEGROWERS Tully.. Contact Us.. Our offices.. CANEGROWERS Australia.. CANEGROWERS Que.. ensland.. CANEGROWERS NSW.. Far north Queensland.. Mossman.. Tableland.. Gordonvale (Cairns Region).. Babinda (Cairns Region).. Innisfail.. Tully.. North Queensland.. Herbert River.. Ayr (Burdekin).. Home Hill (Burdekin).. Central.. Queensland.. Proserpine.. Mackay.. Southern Queensland.. Bundaberg.. Childers.. Maryborough.. Rocky Point.. New South Wales.. Tweed River.. Clarence.. Grafton.. Our People.. Policy Council.. Management Team.. Executive.. Chairman -.. Paul Schembri.. Senior Vice Chairman -.. Allan Dingle.. Vice Chairman  ...   Harney.. Herbert River -.. Michael Pisano.. Burdekin.. Burdekin -.. Philip Marano.. Russell Jordan.. Owen Menkens.. David Lando.. Proserpine - Glenn Clarke.. Mackay -.. Tony Ross.. Kevin Borg.. Mackay - Greg Plath.. Southern.. Bundaberg -.. Tony Castro.. Isis -.. Joe Russo.. Maryborough -.. Jeff Atkinson.. Rocky Point - Michelle Fischer.. Chief Executive Officer -.. Brendan Stewart.. Chief Operating Officer -.. Ron Mullins.. Chief Financial Officer -.. Jodie Mittelheuser.. Policy.. Economics Industry -.. Burn Ashburner.. Economics Head -.. Warren Males.. Environment -.. Matt Kealley.. Communications.. Communications -.. Suzi Moore.. Information Technology.. IT Telecommunications -.. Arthur Ponting.. Board.. *.. First Name.. Last Name.. Email Address.. Enquiry.. Security Check.. Enter the text in the image above..

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    Descriptive info: >.. Canegrowers Login.. First name: *.. Last name: *.. Email: *.. Are you a member? *.. Yes.. No.. Phone:.. Mobile:.. Message/Query: *.. You must have javascript enabled!..

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  • Title: CANEGROWERS - Canegrowers Sitemap
    Descriptive info: Canegrowers Sitemap.. Contact us.. Ian Ballantyne.. Lawrence Bugeja.. Debra Burden.. Alf Cristaudo.. Charlie Zappala.. Jasmine Hunt.. Michael McConville.. Bernard Milford.. Neroli Roocke.. Vince Papale.. Malcolm Petrie.. sonic.. Greg Trost.. Cane payment information.. Sugar price market information.. CANEGROWERS Market intelligence.. Downloadable climate tools booklet and movies.. Search for the weather in your area.. Business management whole farm planning.. Precision agriculture.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Automated Irrigation Trial Jordan.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Automated Overhead Irrigation System Salvetti.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Good Practice for Water Quality Calcagno.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Integrated Whole Farm Systems Granshaws.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Introduction.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Onfarm and Waterway Management Crees.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Outroduction and Credits.. Virtual Bus Tour Good Farm Practice - Systems to Make Good Farming Practice Easier Savina.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Calibration.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Watering In.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Compost.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Compost Application.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Efficient Suface Application.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Introduction.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Liquid One Shot.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Mill Ash.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Nitrogen from Legumes.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Precision Agriculture in Fertilising.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Sediment Management.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Subsurface Application.. Virtual Bus Tour Nutrient Management - Zonal Mud.. Targeting nutrients agchemicals.. Water management.. $100 million sweet growth for Australian sugar industry.. $12 million to be washed from local sugar if flood recovery dredging decision not made now.. Acting CEO appointed for CANEGROWERS Queensland.. Adding fuel to the fire: diesel fuel hikes untenable for farming sector.. Another YES vote: sugar research reform almost here.. Australian Government decision adds more cost for cane growers.. Australian sugar launches world-class best practice program.. Australia's 2012 sugarcane crush hits quarter-way mark.. Bitter pill as sugar sacrificed in Japan trade deal: CANEGROWERS.. Boost for sugar exports as Australia and Korea reach a sweet trade agreement.. BSES directors confirm the importance of a Yes vote to form Sugar Research Australia.. Budget's tight but cane industry welcomes renewed focus on ag.. CANEGROWERS Chair returned to NFF Board.. CANEGROWERS dismisses toxic sugar claim: Irrelevant.. CANEGROWERS new CEO.. CANEGROWERS releases election priorities.. CANEGROWERS says YES vote for asset transfer a no brainer.. CANEGROWERS Tableland secures their Members Future.. CANEGROWERS urges further sugar marketing talks.. Cane farms hit hard in southern Queensland.. Cane growers applaud changes to vegetation management.. Cane growers arc up about electricity prices.. Cane growers call on banks to pass on interest rate cuts.. Cane growers ecstatic as Sugar Research Australia Bill passed in Senate.. Cane growers shocked by $5,000-$10,000 increase in power bills.. Cane growers to stake claim over sugar beyond farm gate.. Category D a godsend for cane growers.. Changing of the guard for CANEGROWERS Queensland.. Cheaper water for cane growers a step closer.. Check out my new wheels: smart permit gets cane to mill faster.. COFCO urged to honour commitments made to Tully growers.. Common sense, sustainable vegetation reforms on the way.. Count down to Sugar Poll 2012 underway: Growers and millers preparing to vote to form Sugar Research Australia.. Cut surging power costs to benefit farmers, Ergon and the economy.. Cyclone Dylan: sugar hopes it weathered storm lightly.. Click here for cyclone updates - cyclone portal.. Developing the north end: CANEGROWERS says yes please.. Disaster assistance deadline extended.. Diuron announcement slammed: will rip profitability  ...   students take out top honours in Cane Tube competition.. Responses to CANEGROWERS election priorities are in.. Shock electricity price hike: Lights out for some cane growers?.. Southern Queensland sugar harvest will go on: dredging funding approved.. Spate of power line accidents spark concern for cane growers.. SRA announces Research Funding Panel to drive research excellence for the Australian sugarcane industry.. Steamrolled by Ita: Sugarcane down, but not out.. Sugarcane growers, your BSES asset vote papers are on the way says ASA.. Sugarcane harvest starts: Revised start dates listed.. Sugarcane zaps governments over electricity pricing at Energy Forum.. Sugar Advisory Services Development Program tops 300.. Sugar gets enviro tick in government reef scorecard.. Sugar industry warns of sour trade deal.. Sugar must be part of a comprehensive trade deal.. Sugar Poll 2012: A resounding Yes from Growers and Millers to forming Sugar Research Australia.. Sugar Poll 2012: High level of industry interest - over 3,100 votes returned.. Sugar Poll 2012: Progress report on voting to form Sugar Research Australia.. Sugar Poll 2012: Growers and millers to vote in August on forming Sugar Research Australia.. Sugar reform tabled to Minister today, after blockbuster vote.. Sugar Research Australia s very first strategic plan welcomed by industry.. Sugar Research Australia signed, sealed, delivered 1 July.. Sugar Research Australia: Application forwarded to Minister Joe Ludwig.. Sugar Research Reform 1 July 2013 target for Sugar Research Australia.. Sugar shaker: state of play Australian sugarcane industry.. Sugar shaker state of play Australian sugarcane industry season 2012 wrap up.. Sugar sweetens Australia-Korea free trade agreement.. Sugar unlikely key to unlocking trade market access impasse.. Sweet success for green sugar at Premiers Sustainability Awards.. Tightening belt: short term pain, long term gain.. Veg reforms: a potential boon to sugarcane expansion.. Voting papers for sugar research hit mailboxes today.. Water announcement wolf in sheep s clothing.. Water use efficiency continuation welcomed: CANEGROWERS.. White paper submission - agricultural competitiveness: CANEGROWERS.. Wilmar to growers you have no rights.. World-class BMP announced for Aussie sugarcane: Game changer says CANEGROWERS.. WTO Ministers must take action eliminate export subsidies.. Media Releases 2012.. 2012 marks year of sugar research reform.. Ag debate between Minister Mulherin and Shadow Minister Cripps.. CANEGROWERS outlines election priorities: actions to Rebuild regional Queensland.. CANEGROWERS Queensland Government Election Advertisements.. CANEGROWERS releases election scorecard.. CANEGROWERS says labour ag policy weak, lack-lustre.. Debilitating water hikes: simple decisive action needed.. Dictator-like moves by MSF unacceptable says CANEGROWERS.. Diuron gets stay of execution: time needed to look at science.. Growers can again use diuron at 1.. 8 kg/hectare: final decision delayed while full scientific review conducted.. Election promises: LNP answers call for skilling support.. Election promises: LNP first to say it will reinvest in research.. Election promises: LNP focuses on biosecurity and growth.. Initial ASA submission to Minister on forming Sugar Research Australia.. More sugar industry adviser courses for May June.. Mackay Sugar Congratulated on Mossman Mill acquisition: CANEGROWERS.. New sugar industry adviser and grower upskilling events in July.. National Farmers' Federations response to federal budget 2012.. Patriotism at the dinner table: Eat Australian on Australia Day.. Ravensdown fertiliser now open to everyone.. Safety workshops in regional areas across March.. Solid pedigree to lead QSL: CANEGROWERS welcomes move.. State government slammed for falsely claiming reef success as its own.. Sugarcanes got talent: canetube competition 2012 launched.. Sugarcane growers urged to attend important research reform meetings.. Sugar Advisory Services Development Program.. Sugar industry adviser courses starting in April - apply now.. Tap must be turned off on iniquitous water price hike.. Turning point: CANEGROWERS welcomes new government.. Media Releases 2013.. Red witchweed.. Media Releases 2014.. Ravensdown historical info..

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  • Title: CANEGROWERS - About Us
    Descriptive info: About Us.. Who we are | Vision mission | What we do | Our structure | Our history.. CANEGROWERS is the peak body for Australian sugarcane growers.. Membership.. Membership of CANEGROWERS is available to growers, industry stakeholders and even the public.. Click here to go directly to our membership section.. Download brochur.. e (341 KB).. CANEGROWERS Australia represents around 80% of Australia's sugarcane growers.. CANEGROWERS is a highly successful lobby, representation and services group, with 19 offices across Queensland and New South Wales.. The national office is in Brisbane.. Government and business leaders recognise CANEGROWERS as the authoritative voice of cane growers.. Membership ensures that growers' needs are represented at the highest possible levels of industry and government decision-making.. We safeguard growers' interests on all issues likely to affect their business.. The CANEGROWERS organisation exists to:.. Provide strong leadership for cane growers within a viable sugar industry.. Deliver effective representation and valuable services to Queensland cane growers.. Ensure cane grower strength and influence at local, district and state/national/international levels through unity and shared common values.. Our formal name is Queensland Cane Growers Organisation Ltd but everyone knows us as.. CANEGROWERS.. We have been advancing and protecting the interests of cane farming families in Queensland since 1925.. Grower directors (elected by their fellow members) determine organisational policy, which is implemented by staff based in a State office in Brisbane and 15 regional offices.. For many years State Government regulations made it compulsory for all cane growers to belong to CANEGROWERS but since 2000 membership has been voluntary.. Our membership of around 80% is amongst the highest for agricultural organisations in Australia.. Vision, Mission, Goals, Values.. Our Vision:.. To ensure a secure and profitable future for cane growers.. Our Mission:.. CANEGROWERS provides representation, leadership and services, and promotes unity in the interests of its members.. Our Goals:.. Assist in maximising grower efficiency and profitability.. Contribute to long-term industry efficiency.. Enhance organisation effectiveness.. Develop a positive external environment for cane growers.. Recognise and manage diverse grower needs while maintaining organisation unity.. Provide a foundation and structure for future industry development and planning.. Our Values:.. Accountability to our members.. A focus on issues relevant to our members.. Credibility, integrity and professionalism.. Open and effective communication between growers, organisation units and external publics.. Community consciousness and.. What we do.. Just some of the things we are actively involved in.. Click here to download our Membership Brochure.. (541 KB).. A professional, credible and cohesive front for Australian cane growers in negotiations with governments, mills, export markets and a range of other forums, CANEGROWERS protects grower viability, profitability and the Australian cane industry s international reputation as being cutting edge.. CANEGROWERS is made up of large and small, corporate and family owned, irrigated and dryland growers.. With such a broad cross-section of interests at hand, it is the ideal vehicle to draw on this diversity of views and carry forward focussed priorities on behalf of Australian sugarcane growers.. CANEGROWERS is the peak representative body for Australian sugarcane growers.. Over 80% of Australian sugarcane growers are members of the highly successful lobby, representation and services group.. Based in Queensland, the State that produces around 95% of Australia s raw sugar output, the CANEGROWERS National Office represents the interests of cane growers Australia wide.. Membership ensures that growers needs are represented at the highest possible levels of industry and government decision-making.. We safeguard growers interests on all issues likely to affect their business.. Ensure cane grower strength and influence at local, district and state/national/international levels through unity and shared common values.. Firstly who are we.. Recognised as Australia s leading representative single commodity group.. 80% voluntary membership.. Local, state, national and international reach and influence.. We are known for.. Assisting to maximise growers efficiency and profitability.. Contributing to long-term industry efficiency.. Enhancing organisation effectiveness.. Developing a positive external environment for cane growers.. Recognising and managing diverse growers needs while maintaining organisation unity.. Providing a foundation and structure for future industry development and planning.. Defending members right to farm.. High international standing and influence.. Some of the things we do on behalf of growers:.. Negotiation with Federal, State and Local Governments on industry issues.. Negotiation with government agencies and other industry bodies on significant issues affecting cane growers.. Collective bargaining with mill owners on cane supply, processing and payment issues, allowances and bonuses.. Cane testing and negotiation of cane and sugar quality schemes.. Environmental sustainability and property rights.. Irrigation, drainage and water pricing issues.. Harvesting equity arrangements.. Transport, licensing and fuel issues.. Growers financial circumstances including government schemes and major lending institutions.. Industry research and extension matters.. Sugar marketing and trade issues.. Workplace health and safety matters.. Cane firing arrangements and rural fires.. Industrial representation and advice.. Crop protection, rats, canegrubs and other pest issues.. Chemicals and fertilisers usage.. Local government matters including valuations.. CANEGROWERS also offers a wide range of services.. District offices provide services and advice tailored for local needs.. Many also act as the secretariat for bodies involved in local industry and community planning, development and management.. Organisational services include:.. Competitive crop and general insurance.. Fortnightly sugar magazine and email information.. Superannuation and financial services.. Canecard bulk buying service including chemicals, fuel, and irrigation equipment.. Travel and accommodation discounts.. Payroll and wages services.. Legal and technical advice.. Telephone discounts.. Assistance with applications.. Training for farm managers and employees.. Benefits of CANEGROWERS Membership.. SUGAR OVERSIGHT, COMMENTARY MONITORING.. Marketing.. Fought for QSL retention and restructure, which ensured the industry kept access to its long-standing line of credit - essential to continuation of strong export pricing.. The milling company alternate solution would have destroyed transparency and financial stability.. CANEGROWERS recommended  ...   of Queensland cane growers as members and the recognition of government.. Working together.. Each company within the CANEGROWERS organisation has an interlinking Constitution with QCGO Ltd that facilitates common membership and direct representation of the local company on the Board of the peak body, Queensland Cane Growers Organisation Ltd.. This ensures that QCGO Ltd s strategic direction and policy deliberations reflect the views of all stakeholders.. Autonomous local corporations determine the scope of operations and services appropriate to their members.. At the same time they are able to combine their resources to ensure a powerful voice for growers at state, national and international levels.. The principal object of corporations, as defined in their Constitutions, is to represent and act for the benefit of all members.. Because the organisation has voluntary membership it is important that outcomes achieved by the organisation are for the exclusive benefit of members.. The relevant local corporation owns all local assets.. The prime purpose of each CANEGROWERS company is to represent the interests of and service the needs of members.. Therefore, assets are applied for the benefit of members exclusively.. Each Constitution specifically ensures that assets cannot be distributed back to members; this allows the organisation to maintain its not-for-profit, tax-free status.. About the Board.. Cane grower members of the CANEGROWERS organisation elect company directors every three years to determine policy on behalf of all growers, both locally and at peak industry level.. The Board of CANEGROWERS comprises 22 grower representatives, one from each sugar milling area in Queensland.. This Board meets quarterly, or more frequently if necessary.. Between Board meetings, the CANEGROWERS Executive comprising the Chairman and two Vice Chairman, meet with the General Manager to address developing issues.. Elections.. Cane grower members of the CANEGROWERS organisation elect company directors to determine policy on behalf of all growers, both locally and at peak industry level.. All directors of the organisation are cane growers.. The term of office is three years unless otherwise determined by the relevant corporate Constitution.. Directors are paid a meeting fee or an annual allowance as determined by the members of the relevant company.. Our History.. The CANEGROWERS organisation has a lengthy history of achievement on behalf of Queensland cane farming families.. The organisation was formally constituted in 1925 and restructured in 1926 although the need for a body to exclusively represent the interests of sugarcane growers was recognised at least 15 years earlier.. The passing of the miller plantation system and the opening of new lands by small farmers along Queensland s coast was an era of struggle and heartbreak as well as achievement.. Discontent among small farmers at their treatment by large mill owners prompted talk of forming a growers-only body to protect their interests.. In 1906 the Townsville Chamber of Commerce convened a meeting of farmers, millers and miller planters that resulted in the formation of the now defunct Australian Sugar Producers Association (ASPA).. It soon became apparent that the miller-grower membership would prevent ASPA from siding with growers in disputes with mill owners.. Consequently, growers began advocating the urgent need for some representative body which would be able to speak with a voice of authority on behalf of growers.. Groups of growers began forming representative bodies for small farmers.. In 1909, growers from Cairns, Mackay, Bundaberg, Isis, Maryborough and Northern New South Wales met in Bundaberg for the first conference of the Sugar Cane Growers Union of Australia.. Although the fledgling organisation did not flourish, the seeds were sown for a strong organisation to represent cane growers exclusively.. That dream became a reality on 14 December 1914 in Mackay when the United Cane Growers Association (UCGA) was formed at a meeting convened by the Pioneer River Farmers Association.. The UCGA expanded rapidly throughout the industry.. An office was established in Brisbane in 1918 and the first General Secretary appointed.. In September that year 1918 the UCGA appointed the Producer s Review (forerunner to Australian Canegrower) as its official journal.. Annual Conferences were held from 1916 to 1927 when the organisation was disbanded following establishment in 1926 under Queensland Government legislation of a new growers organisation - now known as CANEGROWERS.. The Government moved to establish CANEGROWERS and other similar bodies because of the poor state of Queensland agriculture after World War I.. Although there was great potential for rural expansion, poor organisation of production and marketing was restricting progress.. The Government concluded that unified organisation and representation of primary producers was essential to establish prosperous rural industries.. In March 1922, Premier EG Theodore announced a scheme for the complete re-organisation of agriculture to kick-start rural expansion as the engine of State economic and population growth.. A provisional Council of Agriculture was constituted, comprising representatives of government and the dairying, cane growing, fruit growing, wheat and general agricultural industries.. In 1925, Local Producers Associations were organised on a commodity basis for the various industries.. The Queensland Cane Growers Council (QCGC), District Executives and Mill Suppliers Committees were constituted for the sugar industry.. The original legislation was superceded in 1926 by the Primary Producers Organisation and Marketing Act which established the CANEGROWERS Council, District Executives and Mill Suppliers Committees in a form which would last for nearly 75 years.. The Act also formed marketing boards for other rural industries.. The first meeting of the Queensland Cane Growers Council was held in The Boys School, Mackay, on 21 January 1926, presided over by President of the Council of Agriculture, Hon.. W.. Forgan Smith.. First Annual Conference of the Queensland Cane Growers Association was held in Mackay in March 1927 chaired by George Johnson who served as QCGC Chairman from 1926 to 1946..

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  • Title: CANEGROWERS - About the Industry
    Descriptive info: About the Industry.. Quick facts | Representative groups | Cane growing in Australia.. | Sugar milling.. | Sugar marketing.. | Sugar research | A short history of our industry.. Quick facts about the Australian Sugarcane Industry.. 3rd.. largest raw sugar supplier in world.. 7th.. largest agricultural exporter in Australia.. 80%.. 7 - $2 billion.. value of production.. Sugarcane is one of Australia's most important rural industries.. The Australian sugarcane industry is recognised world-wide for cutting edge technology sustainable cane growing.. On this page you can read about the Australian sugarcane industry, the players making up the industry and see a short history of sugarcane in Australia.. Or for information on the story of sugarcane - from paddock to plate, click here.. Representative groups.. Growers:.. Millers:.. Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC).. Marketers:.. Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL).. Storage:.. Sugar Terminals Limited (STL).. Research:.. BSES Limited.. Research funder:.. Sugar Research Development Corporation (SRDC).. Cane growing in Australia.. The Australian sugar industry is not just one of the world s most efficient and innovative producers and exporters of sugar - it is also the leader in the adoption of sustainable farming practices.. Australia s sugarcane is grown in high-rainfall and irrigated districts areas along coastal plains and river valleys on 2100 km of Australia s eastern coastline - between Mossman in far north Queensland and Grafton in New South Wales.. Queensland accounts for about 95% of Australia s raw sugar production, and New South Wales around 5%.. More than.. sugar growing farms operate along Australia s eastern seaboard.. While the average size of a cane farm is.. 100 hectares.. , some are in excess of.. 1000 hectares.. While there are still a number of smaller farms, average farm size is increasing each year, as the number of growers contracts and area farmed by their cane farming business expands.. This consolidation is made possible by advances in technology, and while some corporate companies have established large cane farming operations, there are still some.. 6000.. cane growers in Australia.. The Australian cane industry produces.. 30-35 million tonnes.. of cane per year, which when processed, equates to around.. 5 million tonnes.. of sugar.. The industry's focus is squarely on its international competitiveness because most sugar is exported and there is no domestic support price or subsidies.. At the farm gate, Australia has maintained competitiveness by adopting innovative practices -particularly through mechanisation, new farming practices and diversification.. Cane growing and sugar production underpins the economic stability of many coastal communities.. It is the social fabric that has woven itself through the development of coastal townships up and down the coast.. Sugarcane growers have some of Australia s most unique vegetation, animal life, waterways and the Great Barrier Reef in their backyard.. Things have really moved on from the hype some twenty years ago and growers have taken upon themselves the mantle of farming responsibly - to protect the natural resources, their children s heritage, and of course, the value of their property.. With advances in research and technology, sustainability does not necessarily mean reduced productivity and efficiency.. Growers are proud of their environmental performance and adoption of more sustainable farming practices.. All sugarcane in Australia has been harvested mechanically since 1979 and all sugar handled in bulk since 1964.. An industry, once characterised by brilliant cane fires, has largely turned away from the iconic blazes.. The Queensland coastline, which is subject to seasonal inundation, has now virtually eliminated movement of soil once associated with the heavy rains.. Over 80% of growers now cut the cane green and spread the trash cuttings over the harvested paddock.. The cuttings act as a protective blanket for the soil, preventing soil erosion, assisting in weed control, improving soil structure and conserving moisture in the soil.. It also reduces the need for soil cultivation and contributes to a reduction in nitrogen requirements.. Harvesting green reduces the need for cane firing.. In fact cane growers are managing their soils in a whole new way now that research and development has shown substantial profitability and environmental gains can be made.. There has been a big swing towards conservation tillage systems - like no and minimum till - which cuts down the number of times a farmer disturbs the soil.. Leaving more plant residue undisturbed on the surface reduces surface water runoff and soil erosion.. Less frequent tillage also reduces the amount of energy farmers need to run tractors, reducing costs and saving resources.. As new technology becomes more affordable, increasing numbers of growers are looking into more automated precision farming systems such as Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to assist them to target application of inputs from fertiliser to water.. Use of chemicals has changed dramatically over the past 20 years.. Cane growers complete voluntary training in the use of farm chemicals, which has resulted in a reduction in application rates and frequency.. This is not only important for the environment, but also for our growers bottom line.. Ag-chemicals are expensive and subject to frequent price hikes.. Applying fertiliser more precisely ensures more efficient yields, cuts down on wasted fertiliser and protects water quality.. Water and associated pumping costs account for one third of all costs for around 60% of Australia s cane growers who rely on costly irrigation.. Water is an increasingly precious commodity and saving water is good business for cane growers.. Irrigation water is monitored closely on all farms, with soil moisture readings an essential component of irrigation timing.. Measurement of nutrient movement in irrigation run-off and ground water is widely practiced to ensure hard-won dollars are not wasted.. The environmental and economic importance of riparian zones (vegetation adjacent to watercourses) has changed practices enormously.. Trees are left adjacent to water ways on all new developments and trees are being replanted in established areas, even though that replanting may reduce available area for cultivation.. Riparian zones have a major role in filtration of nutrient run-off, stabilisation and prevention of bank erosion and siltation of waterways, and acts as a wildlife corridor.. Planting trees on river banks eliminates undergrowth, weeds and grasses, greatly reducing rat populations around cane fields.. In turn, this dramatically reduces the need for costly chemical controls.. Smut management is another sign of how far the industry has come in managing pests and diseases from the days of cane toad.. When Australia found the first signs of this productivity stunting disease a few years ago, the industry was able to react immediately, enforcing quarantine zones and setting up access to more resistant varieties of sugarcane to replace those which were high yielding but extremely susceptible to the disease.. Research continues into higher yielding resistant varieties.. As a direct result of the industry s aggressive research and development program, advances have been made in areas such as pest control, where many of our programs are world class and an example to other Australian industries.. Many of the pest control programs now being developed are based on integrated pest management strategies involving biological control agents, transgenic canes, the use of chemicals and changed cultural practices.. Grower representative group, CANEGROWERS, has taken an active role in the promotion of good farming practices which result in increased sustainability, productivity and profitability.. Active involvement in driving the future.. Over 80% of Queensland sugarcane growers are members of the highly successful lobby, representation and services group, CANEGROWERS.. Based in Brisbane, CANEGROWERS Australia represents the interests of cane growers Australia wide, while service centres based in major cane growing regions up and down the coast, provide a focus on regional issues and services.. Australian sugarcane growers have realised that a better, more productive, more sustainable future is in their hands.. They have adopted a proactive approach, addressing issues before community and conservationist concern generates restrictive and overbearing government intervention.. Cane growers regard sustainability not as a cost but as a potential means of improving their productivity and efficiency.. Most importantly, they see sustainability as a basis for ensuring long term viability and the guarantee that future generations will continue to produce sugar - at a profit.. World sugar production has undergone massive changes since 1970, particularly the emergence of Brazil as a dominant force, the growth of the European Union as a subsidised producer, the growth of Thailand and the decline of Cuba.. Although the Australian industry developed under a regulated system which sought to match production with assured markets, it is now one of the least protected sugar producers in the world.. Sugar milling.. Australia has.. 24 sugar mills.. which crush an average.. 10,000 tonnes..  ...   1862.. Capt.. Louis Hope and John Buhot establish sugarcane plantation at Ormiston near Brisbane and makes first granulated sugar from cane.. 1864.. Hope operates Australia s first commercial sugar mill.. The following year he introduces island labourers (Kanakas) to his Ormiston Plantation.. 1870.. Colonial Sugar Refining Company (now Sucrogen) introduces system of large central sugar mills, supplied with cane by independent farmers, in northern New South Wales.. 1885.. Many small sugar mills close due to depressed state of sugar industry.. 1888.. First cooperative central mill opens in Queensland; first mechanical cane harvester patented in Brisbane.. 1890.. World s first mechanical cane harvester built in Bundaberg.. 1895.. 700 tonnes of Australian raw sugar exported to Canada.. 1901.. Protective import duties placed on sugar; Federal Government bans arrivals of Kanakas after 1904 and requires deportation by end of 1906, ending 40 years of indentured labour in the cane fields.. 1906.. Federal legislation exempts some islanders from deportation; Australian Sugar Producers Association formed in Townsville.. 1914.. United Cane Growers Association formed in Mackay.. 1915.. Queensland Government passes Sugar Acquisition Act and Regulation of Sugar Cane Prices Act; first sugar agreement negotiated between Commonwealth and Queensland Governments; embargo placed on sugar imports.. 1923.. Federal Government gives control of Queensland sugar industry to the State Government; the Sugar Board established under Sugar Acquisition Act; first small exports of raw sugar to UK and New Zealand.. 1924.. First large shipments of raw sugar from Australia - 74 000 tons.. 1925.. Queensland legislation establishes basis for CANEGROWERS organisation.. 1926.. New Act establishes farmer bodies on a commodity basis, a format which in still going strong 88 years later.. CANEGROWERS (QCGO) formed 19 April 1926.. 1929.. Mill Peak scheme introduced.. 1937.. First International Sugar Agreement (ISA) negotiated but does not begin due to World War II.. 1951.. Commonwealth Sugar Agreement signed with UK.. 1953.. First post-war ISA negotiated, with quotas for exporters.. 1954.. Bulk handling of raw sugar introduced; first exports to Japan.. 1960.. Mt Bauple Mill closes.. 1961.. First sugar exported to USA.. 1962.. Australia exports 1 Mt for the first time; first exports to Korea.. 1963.. Queensland Government committee recommends industry expansion.. 1967.. First sugar exported to Singapore.. 1968.. Australia exports 2 Mt of sugar.. 1969.. ISA begins operation for 5-year term.. 1972.. First long-term contract negotiated; first exports to China and Russia.. 1974.. Commonwealth Sugar Agreement and US Sugar Act terminated; record high world free market price of US 66 c/lb.. 1975.. Gin Gin Mill closes.. 1978.. New ISA begins operation; Industries Assistance Commission inquiry into sugar industry.. 1982.. Ceremony at Mackay marks 25 years of bulk handling.. 1983.. Second IAC enquiry into sugar industry.. 1984.. ISA expires.. 1985.. Record low world price of US 2.. 5 c/lb.. 1986.. Queensland, New South Wales and Federal Governments agree on 3-year sugar industry assistance/restructure package; Qunaba Mill closes.. 1987.. Goondi Mill closes, Mackay Sugar Co-operative formed; NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative formed to buy CSR s three NSW mills.. 1988.. North Eton Mill closes.. 1989.. Commonwealth Government Sugar Agreement lapses 1 July 1989; embargo on sugar imports lifted and tariff put in place; Senate Standing Committee enquires into tariff levels on future imports; Harwood refinery built.. 1990.. Cattle Creek Mill closes; grower numbers fall to lowest level since pioneering days; Queensland State Sugar Industry Working Party makes recommendations; Sugar Research and Development Corporation formed to coordinate research.. 1991.. Glanville refinery closes; import tariff reduced from $115 to $76 per tonne; Industry Commission inquiry into Queensland s production, institutional and regulatory arrangements; Queensland Sugar Corporation replaces the Sugar Board and Central Sugar Cane Prices Board; Sugar Acquisition Act and Regulation of Sugarcane Prices Act repealed; CANEGROWERS adopted as common name for growers organisation; first Australian Sugar Convention; Tate Lyle acquires Bundaberg Sugar; AWU and Queensland cane sector negotiate Australia s first collective enterprise bargaining arrangements for an entire industry.. 1992.. Hambledon Mill closes; Mackay Sugar announces new refinery; Industry Commission final report released; Sugar Industry Taskforce established.. 1993.. Sugar Industry Taskforce reports; joint Commonwealth/State Sugar Industry Package includes deferral of further tariff cuts until at least 1977, a $40m government infrastructure commitment, retention of acquisition and assignments, and phased reduction of pooling premium; raw sugar production exceeds 4 Mt for first time; Tate Lyle s bid for Tully and South Johnstone Mills rejected; Trade Practices Commission blocks amalgamation of refining activities of CSR Ltd and Mackay Refined Sugars; Sugar Industry Act revised; availability of additional cane assignment exceeds demand for the first time.. 1994.. Queensland becomes world s No 1 raw sugar exporter; $117m Sugar Industry Infrastructure Package begins; first change in cane price formula in 40 years; BSES plants world s first genetically engineered sugarcane; Mackay refinery commences; CSR announces plan for mill in Ord River area; record prices for cane land in Burdekin Irrigation Area with 100th farm sold at auction; record No 1 Pool price of $392.. 42 per tonne 94 nt.. 1995.. ASMC and CANEGROWERS develop Vision 2000 to guide industry development; review begins of Sugar Industry Act and import tariff in the context of National Competition Policy; world s largest shipment of raw sugar (61 300 t) shipped from Townsville to Dubai; CANEGROWERS commissions independent environmental audit of Queensland industry; Cooperative Research Centre into Sustainable Sugar Production commences; sugar surpasses beef production as Queensland s largest rural industry; sugar revenue exceeds $2 billion for first time.. 1996.. Shipments through bulk terminals exceed 100 million tonnes; highest grower numbers since 1980s; all cane in Australia insured under CANEGROWERS Crop Fire Insurance Scheme for first time; Sugar Industry Review Working Party recommends removal of tariff from 1 July 1997.. 1997.. Sugar tariff ends; record Queensland cane production for 6th consecutive year and record sugar production of 5.. 4 Mt; over 60% of Queensland crop harvested green; Sugar Industry Review Working Party makes recommendations.. 1998.. CANEGROWERS holds first Sugar Environment Forum in Mackay; Code of Practice for Sustainable Cane Growing adopted; CSR and Mackay Refined Sugars establish joint refining venture; negotiations begin for transfer of ownership of bulk terminals to industry; sugarcane smut discovered in Ord, Tableland Mill begins crushing; Sugar Terminals Ltd established (begins full commercial operations August 2000).. 1999.. World prices collapse and growers seek Exceptional Circumstances funding.. New Sugar Industry Act (effective 1 Jan.. 2000) revises framework for management of Queensland industry including individual and collective agreements, Cane Production Area and Cane Production Boards but compulsory acquisition and Single Desk arrangements unchanged.. Primary Producers Organisation and Marketing Act 1927 replaced by Primary Industry Bodies Reform Act resulting in CANEGROWERS losing its compulsory levy capacity.. 2000.. Commonwealth Sugar Assistance Package provides short-term assistance for cane growers (eventually $60m paid in income support, interest subsidies on planting and general interest subsidy); Queensland Cane Growers Organisation Ltd formed and 96% of growers sign up; Australia initiates Global Alliance for Sugar Trade Reform and Liberalisation; orange rust forces industry to begin replacing its main cane variety; BSES celebrates its centenary; closure of Moreton Mill.. 2001.. Federal Government extends income support; title to bulk sugar terminals transferred to the industry; growers move towards full voluntary membership; revival in ethanol interest.. 2002.. Federal Government commissions an independent assessment of the sugar industry (the Hildebrand enquiry); CANEGROWERS and ASMC make joint proposal; the Federal and Queensland Governments, under a Memorandum of Understanding, agree to fund $150m Sugar Industry Reform Program over four years while industry undertakes reform.. 2003.. CRC for Sugar Innovation through Biotechnology established; continuing dry weather and low prices force growers to seek further emergency financial assistance; State Government commissions CIE to undertake impact assessment analysis of legislative change; CANEGROWERS commissions separate report by Boston Consulting Group; growers hold public rallies.. Closure of Moreton Mill.. 2004.. Joint CANEGROWERS/ASMC submission on structural adjustment presented to Federal Government; the two peak bodies also commit to a Heads of Agreement with the Queensland Government and a Statement of Intent to the Federal Government; Prime Minister announces revised $444.. 4 million Sugar Industry Reform Program.. 2005.. Closure of Fairymead Mill.. 2006.. Deregulation of sugar marketing.. Closure of Mourilyan Mill.. 2007.. CANEGROWERS, NRM groups, AgForce and Growcom rallies Australian Government for best practice improvement funding.. The Australian Government subsequently launches the Reef Rescue program.. 2009.. Closure of Pleystowe Mill.. 2010.. QLD Government introduces new legislation impacting on cane growers.. 2011.. Closure of Babinda Mill.. 2013.. Formation of research body, Sugar Research Australia, which modernises and streamlines three former bodies, BSES Limited, Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) and SRI.. The Australian sugarcane industry has an international reputation for cutting edge technology sustainable cane growing..

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  • Title: CANEGROWERS - Statistics facts and figures
    Descriptive info: Statistics facts and figures.. On this page.. Production figures for 2010 2011.. (please note 2013 figures are published in November 2014).. Production 10 year graph.. Restructure steadies 10 year graph.. Prices coming off highs, but still strong 10 year graph.. Global demand and supply (world production and consumption 10 year graph).. Map of Australian sugarcane growing districts.. Ownership of Australian Mills.. Production figures for 2011 2012 (please note 2013 figures are published in November 2014).. Production: Weather dependent, the initial estimates for 2014 could well put Australian production back up at around the 31-32 Mt mark.. Restructure steadies cane growers are using the latest technology and research findings to increase their productivity, profitability and sustainability.. Prices coming off highs, but still strong: Around 80% of Australia s sugar crop is exported making global sugar prices important to profitability of the industry.. Light blue bars are forecasted data.. World production and consumption.. Ownership of Australian Mills.. Based on tonnages processed by mills in 2010.. Investors back a bright future for Aussie sugar: International investment in Australian milling assets has increased from close to 15% to about 75% since 2010.. At that time there were two main foreign investment interests in Australian sugar mills: Bundaberg Sugar, which has been wholly owned by Belgium-based Finasucre since  ...   region in Western Australia after the WA government announced Chinese company Shanghai Zhongfu as the key proponent to lease and develop 13,400 hectares in the Kimberley's Ord stage two expansion.. The Chinese real estate company plans to build a $450 million sugar mill near Kununurra, which is intended to produce four million tonnes of sugar cane and 500,000 tonnes of export sugar.. It s not all international investment, we have seen Australian owned Mackay Sugar buy up Australia s most northern-most mill, Mossman (mid-2012).. List of ownership of Australian sugar mills *Grower owned (Australian) entities.. Mossman Mackay Sugar (Grower owned limited company)*.. Tablelands MSF Limited (ex Maryborough Sugar Factory).. Mulgrave MSF Limited (ex Maryborough Sugar Factory).. South Johnson MSF Limited (ex Maryborough Sugar Factory).. Tully COFCO.. Mackanade Wilmar.. Victoria Wilmar.. Invicta Wilmar.. Pioneer Wilmar.. Kalamia Wilmar.. Inkerman Wilmar.. Proserpine Wilmar.. Farleigh Mackay Sugar (Grower owned limited company)*.. Marion Mackay Sugar (Grower owned limited company)*.. Racecourse Mackay Sugar (Grower owned limited company)*.. Plane Creek Wilmar.. Bingara Bundaberg Sugar.. Milliquin Bundaberg Sugar.. Isis Isis Central Sugar Mill*.. Maryborough MSF Limited (ex Maryborough Sugar Factory).. Rocky Point Heck Sons*.. Congdong NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative Ltd (Grower owned co-op)*.. Broadwater NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative Ltd (Grower owned co-op)*.. Harwood NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative Ltd (Grower owned co-op)*..

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  • Title: CANEGROWERS - Meet some Australian sugarcane growers
    Descriptive info: Meet some Australian sugarcane growers.. Australia is a world-class sugar producer.. Over the past 20 years cane growing has changed dramatically - t.. hese days growing sugarcane is about the latest technology and practices.. Cane growers are always looking at the latest technology to improve their farming practices to help reduce soil erosion and protect nearby waterways and the Great Barrier Reef.. On this page, we meet some of the faces behind sugarcane growing in Australia.. Mossman third generation cane farmer Doug Rasmussen has been at the forefront of innovation in the industry for more than 40 years and remains dedicated to sustainable farming methods which maximise yield.. Doug, together with his sons Justin and Rodney, farm 235 hectares of sugarcane between Port Douglas and Mossman and the nearby Cassowary Valley at the foothills of the Rex Range.. Doug has embarked on a five-year program to create sediment traps, shifting topsoil and laser-levelling each block when it becomes vacant so the rainfall travels slowly and evenly to the sediment trap.. Doug has used the laser-leveller on all fallow blocks since 2007, and he pinpoints the location of the sediment traps so any topsoil washed away during the wet season is captured and can be applied to the areas which are situated lower.. One hundred percent trash blanketing was adopted by the Rasmussens in 1983, and zero till of all ratoons and minimal till for plant row soil began in 1991.. By using filter mud on the marine-country ratoon blocks, Doug has reduced the amount of fertiliser by 25% as the sugarcane responds to the high lime content and other key nutrients in the filter mud.. Tableland s grower of the year award was awarded to a relative newcomer to the industry, Martin Cek.. Wife Nicky (also the financial controller of the family business) and father to three children, Jackson (10), Hayley (8) and Harley (3), Mr Cek bought the 253 hectare property west of Mareeba from his mother in 2005.. The farm was originally used for cattle grazing then rice cropping, but sugarcane has become the crop of choice on a property which depends on water from the Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigation system to make the land productive.. With an associate diploma in agronomy and a keen interest in sustainability, Mr Cek has adopted farming techniques that he first heard about when working as an employee at the Tableland Mill.. At the centre of his farming philosophy is the concept of minimal till, nil cultivation and improving yield through fallowing paddocks.. He has integrated a compaction minimisation strategy of wider rows and growing a legume fallow crop.. His goal is to boost productivity, to ultimately achieve a crop of 20,000 tonnes.. Cairns.. Cairns Region s local prize was awarded to Ray Vicarioli.. At his cane farm in the foothills of Mount Bartle Frere, he has learnt to make a sustainable living from the land, while dealing with Mother Nature s propensity to dish out weather in lavish extremes.. The willingness to try new varieties and techniques sits at the heart of the philosophy for managing a property which has been in the Vicarioli family since 1976.. Over the years, Ray, his wife Rosemary, son Ryan and daughter Lucy have also embraced Landcare initiatives and have taken an active involvement in riverbank restoration.. Employing a minimal tillage and nil-cultivation approach, Mr Vicarioli uses a variety of techniques to maximise productivity and sustainability, while minimising input costs.. On the Vicarioli s 116 hectare property, a range of techniques have been employed to deal with the one raw material for which there is often a drastic oversupply water.. Hilly paddocks have been contoured to reduce gradient and minimise water velocity.. Sediment runoff has been limited by the application of silt traps.. Sophisticated sub-surface drainage systems have also been constructed to minimise nutrient volatilisation.. Innisfail grower Jim Guglielmi scooped the local award in his area.. Seventy-one year old Mr Guglielmi believes the key to knowing exactly what is going on in every part of his farm is the industry intelligence contained in the endless pages of numbers and meticulously kept records he has accumulated over his 55 years of farming.. The decades of record keeping provide the science for what Mr Guglielmi describes as the new eight rules for successful cane farmingÂ.. Using the acronym, SERVANTS, he has detailed what is required, based upon personal experience, to maximise productivity and sustainability: Soil testing; Employ fallow; Rotation; Varieties; Attention to economics; No trash on stool; Take care of Environment; Time operations; Seed cane.. Mr Guglielmi s eight rules for successful cane farming are the result of decades of observation on the 53 hectare flatland property, 36 hectares of which is under cane and the remainder under bananas.. Describing the soil as a sometimes peat-like red clay loam, the greatest successes in farm productivity have come from periodically fallowing paddocks, which are planted with a leguminous soy bean crop that returns nitrogen to the soil and has other, less obvious benefits.. Tully grower Mario Raccanello scooped the hotly contested local award.. Farming on floodplanes on the banks of the Tully River in the Riversdale area in Tully, Mario is keenly focused on reduction of run-off, and has set up a safety net of nutrient traps to all drains before the water discharges into inland lagoons.. Mario has completed a number of plans including weed and nutrient management plans for his 330 hectare farm, on which he grows 30,000 tonnes of care with 50 hectares of fallow.. His cane is grown on 1.. 9 metre centres with 600 mm dual rows, with plans to widen this row spacing to accommodate future harvesting equipment.. He has also implemented a GPS system on all the farm s main machinery with 2 cm accuracy.. Software is used on all operations to record all activities and inputs.. Mario also uses a variable rate fertiliser bin to apply a prescriptive fertiliser blend.. All  ...   farming operation.. The success of their best practice farming approach is clearly evident in the productivity results recorded year after year on their adjoining farms at Homebush in Mackay s prime irrigated cane area.. This winning style is not simply the result of good soil and ample water.. Their crop management system is based on controlled traffic, GPS guidance, zonal tillage, break cropping with soybeans and efficient fertilising and weed control.. Everything they do is designed to save time, labour and fuel.. Covering multiple rows in each pass is a far cry from the days of old.. Now all cane is trash blanketed, most of the land is laser levelled and drains and headlands are carefully maintained.. Bundaberg cane farming operation, Redtrail picked up the local grower of the year award, having a number of examples of best practice and efficiency projects for which the sugarcane industry is known, successfully integrated into their business.. Richard Zunker believes their harvesting contract has been an important part of the family s ability to remain viable and to grow.. Richard is one of four directors of Redtrail Pty Ltd, a farming and contracting business in Bundaberg.. Richard, his brother, Craig, and their parents, Joe and Coral, formed the company in 1991 as a harvest contracting business.. They have successfully implemented a rotational peanut crop of more recent times and other developments include changing the farm block layout and to add more water storage dams.. They take chemical application seriously, getting agronomists recommendations and running small trials to check the effectiveness of different products and rates.. Redtrail looks at optimising the efficiency of their operations, both farming and contracting.. The Zunkers use company meetings as an opportunity to talk about new ideas they have come across.. Isis.. Isis cane grower John Kingston has always been quick to get involved with new ideas and making them work.. The zonal rotary hoe in his shed is a prime example where John has taken up the idea of only cultivating the planting zone for cane and soybeans and then helping to develop a three-row rotary that is now sold throughout the industry.. GPS is fully implemented on the Kingston s farms and John is moving toward using the technology to feed data into their business s record-keeping.. One of John s sons has recently returned to work on the farm and together they are trialling the FarmWorks system to track inputs.. John is also looking into using the handheld GPS to mark things like areas of weed outbreaks, soil testing sites, underground drains and the like.. Their harvest contractor also has GPS in the cab so there is potential to add harvesting data too at a later stage.. Maryborough grower Ashley Petersen believes that for the Australian sugarcane to stay competitive we have to concentrate on low-cost production.. Ashley farms with his father, Lloyd, three brothers David, Kelvin and Elton and two members of the fifth generation of the family to farm in the area, Leyton and Nathan.. They also employ four permanent workmen.. The Petersens have completely implemented a controlled traffic system across their 450 ha of cropping land in the Maryborough Hervey Bay district.. Ashley has complete confidence in the dual-row raised beds they use to grow three crops cane, pineapples and soybeans in rotation.. He uses raised beds to drain water away, preventing waterlogging, but just as importantly, moisture is conserved in the uncompacted beds in dry weather.. He says the whole farming system has returned significant benefits to our business, including improved net profits.. They have seen a 30% reduction in tractor hours on one farm alone as say this type of reduction makes a huge difference to efficiency - not only the less distance travelled per hectare coupled with the higher pour rate means more tonnes in the bin per hour.. Rocky Point fourth-generation cane grower Tony Huth treads a fine line between prudent investment in farming operations that maximise productivity, efficiency, sustainability and over-capitalisation of a cane enterprise.. His father Ron, 88, still helps with farming chores as does Tony s son Justin, 17, who will be the fifth generation cane grower if he achieves his fervent desire to secure a career in the industry.. Tony, 55, persuaded Justin to begin a trade course this year as a diesel fitter to underpin his farming aspirations.. Tony Huth has carefully tailored his crop management and machinery utilisation on land at Norwell and Jacob s Well to optimise yields, limit costs and minimise labour requirements.. Tony achieves better than average yields on some of the poorest country in the mill area, including low-lying acid sulphate prone soils and salty sandy areas.. NSW.. Tweed Valley grower Robert Quirk has run a 200 ha cane farm at Duranbah in northern New South Wales for nearly 50 years.. He is well known not only for trialing and implementing innovative farm practices, but also for his contributions to improving land and water management through on-farm action, scientific research and community involvement.. Robert has made real inroads into cane growing on acid sulfate soils, and is always on the hunt for innovative solutions in finding better ways to sustain the soil and increase crop production and reduce chemical use and the harmful effects of effluent.. His approach to farming the Tweed Valley s acid sulfate-rich volcanic and tidal soils, enabled him to reduce chemical use by 25 percent, decrease heavy metal and acidity discharge by 80 percent, and increase productivity by 38 per cent.. Many of the practices Robert has developed on farm are now considered world s best practice for farming acid sulfate soils.. Not surprisingly, the Quirk family farm at Duranbah has become a popular stop-over for politicians, growers, engineers, tourists and students.. Robert also sits on a variety of representative boards and committees for the sugarcane industry.. He is also taking part in the Climate Champion program.. Cane growers are proud of their environmental husbandry..

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