Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Ready for the Crush; ... Even If Many Crops Are a Third of Their Ideal Height

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Ready for the Crush; ... Even If Many Crops Are a Third of Their Ideal Height

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Byline: Annie Perets annie.perets@ frasercoastchronicle.com.au

SHE may have decimated our northern neighbours but Cyclone Debbie's quick visit to the Fraser Coast made all the difference to our struggling cane growers.

While the cane isn't quite the height farmers would prefer, Canegrowers Maryborough manager Cameron Waterson predicts the upcoming season, which starts late next month, will bring in 600,000 tonnes between Gympie and Bundaberg.

"Prior to Debbie, we would have been lucky to have harvested 400,000 tonnes of cane," Mr Waterson said.

"The natural event only brought very good impact; we missed most of the high wind and got beneficial rainfall."

Before Debbie, growers were looking at a worse season than 2014, one of the lowest points when only about 475,000 tonnes was crushed compared to about 791,000 tonnes last year.

The start of the crush has been slightly delayed to give crops some more time to flourish, but it won't be enough to totally reverse the impact of a lengthy drought. …

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