ALL FIRED UP: Cane being readied for harvest this week near Harwood. Photo by Justin Clark
ALL FIRED UP: Cane being readied for harvest this week near Harwood. Photo by Justin Clark

Cane harvest is getting back on track

WHILE the rain last month led to a cattle price boom, it caused a 10-12 day stoppage in cane harvesting.

Cane and cattle farmer Bruce Green said it was bad timing because he did not have any cattle to sell at the moment anyway.

He said you could not have it both ways when it came to weather.

However, Mr Green said the wet weather and oncoming heat could mean a strong cane season next year.

"We're all back on wheels, the harvest will really get going now," Mr Green said.

"With a bit of heat that cane will really take off. I'm cutting plants to start planting more cane.

"Downriver is still a bit wet, but up in Lawrence we've got the jump on everyone."

Because January was dry the wet weather was welcome in both industries.

Clarence River Cane Growers Association president Ross Farlow said everyone would be happy to wrap up the cane harvest season on December 1.

"There is not a lot to report because all is going along smoothly," Mr Farlow said.

"Most farmers have about 60 to 65% of their crop to go.

"If we finish on the first of December we will be pretty happy.

"We had a stoppage for 10 or 12 days because of that rain event.

"Most farmers will start planting in 10 days."



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