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WELCOME TO THE AUGUST 2020 ISSUE OF 'CANE NEWS'


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PROSERPINE DISTRICT UPDATE - AUGUST 2020
Crush Update
As at the end of Week 7 (15 August), Proserpine Mill had crushed 434,141 tonnes of cane which equates to 27% of the district’s pre-season estimate. CCS continues to rise – last week’s average CCS was 13.81 bring the season-to-date CCS to 13.12. Throughput last week was well behind budget, due mainly to a broken conveyor belt. Fixing the belt, which carries boiler ash from No: 1 and No: 3 boilers, was challenging and took longer than expected. In all, 72 hours crushing time was lost.
 
Auditing of the Mill
At the start of every crushing season, Wilmar Sugar and CANEGROWERS arrange for an independent audit of the district’s Cane Analysis Program, the cost of which is shared equally between the parties. Over the past few years, the audit has been capably performed by experienced auditor, Georgina Davis. This year, it was agreed to engage Sheryl Foot to undertake the audit. Many growers will know Sheryl from her many years as Lab Supervisor – we believe her knowledge of the local systems and processes will be invaluable. CANEGROWERS would like to express its’ thanks and appreciation for Georgina’s past service and welcome Sheryl to the independent auditor’s role.

With the independent audit completed, CANEGROWERS will continue to conduct regular weekly visits to the mill during the crush. Should any grower have any concerns regarding their cane analysis, they should contact the Lab Supervisor in the first instance. If you are still concerned about your analysis, CANEGROWERS is happy to check on your behalf.

We would like to encourage growers harvesting contractors to add the harvest finish time in the space allocated on the consignment notes – i.e. when haul out driver has delivered filled bins to the siding. This is especially important in determining the cut-to-crush time, particularly if there is any undue delay in crushing by the mill – deliveries which exceed 20 hours delay before processing need to have the analysed CCS reviewed.

Also, it is most important to complete the correct block and paddock number on the consignment note. This eliminates the delays at end of week pay runs when corrections need to be made.

STL nomination for board member for Sugar Terminals Limited
The STL Board are inviting nominations from G Class (Grower) shareholders for candidates for election as a Director. Nomination must be received by STL no later than 5.00 pm on Friday 4 September 2020.

Free Online Training and Learning Opportunities
There is free online training and learning opportunities for small business owners ranging from Finance, understanding Human Recourses, IT Skills, business planning etc. To find out more Click on the link: https://www.qldskills.com.au/

Do you have any items to Buy or Sell – Free Advertising for Members
If you have any machinery or equipment for sale, please email the description, price (or POA) and your phone number to the office (prp@canegrowers.com.au) and we will include in our newsletters. Don’t forget to send a photo of the item.

SRA Webinar - Pests: major threats and current research
SRA will be holding a webinar on 26th August from 8am to 9pm. Dr’s Kevin Powell, Nicole Thompson and Rob Magarey will be discussing pests, the major threats and current research.  Click here: https://sugarresearch.com.au/sra-information/events/2020-biosecurity-webinar-series/ to access more information.
 
REGIONAL QUEENSLAND SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 ADAPTION GRANT PROGRAM IS STILL OPEN

The available grant amount is a minimum of $2,000 and up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible small or micro business. In recognition of the significant impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses, the funding can be used towards the following:
  • financial, legal or other professional advice to support business sustainability and diversification
  • continuing to meet business operational costs including utilities, council rates, rent, telecommunication charges, insurance fees, licensing or franchise fees
  • strategic planning, financial counselling or business coaching aligned to business development and diversification
  • building the business through marketing and communications activities (e.g. content development – web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media etc.)
  • digital/technological strategy development
  • digital training or re-training and up-skilling employees to adapt to new business models
  • capital costs associated with meeting COVID-19 safety requirements
  • specialised digital equipment or business specific software to move business operations online (e.g. logistics program for online ordering).
Note: Grant funds can be used towards any of the above activities occurring from 23 March 2020 onwards, keeping in mind the project must be completed within a maximum of 6 months from the date of approval.
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/grants/adaption#eligibility

CANEGROWERS MARKETING INFORMATION SERVICE - AUGUST UPDATE

Through workshops, monthly videos and Weekly Notes, the CANEGROWERS Marketing Information Service provides neutral commentary on sugar market trends and the pricing options that may work best in any given set of Circumstances.
 
Click the link below & use your CANEGROWERS membership number to login and read August's update.
CLICK HERE to read the CANEGROWERS Marketing Information Service August update
ATTENTION Shirtan® USERS
Nufarm® Strategy and Terms & Conditions for the Australian Sugarcane Industry EXIT of Shirtan®  Usage by 30 April 2021
  • Shirtan remains permitted for use in Australian sugarcane production, in the short term.
  • Growers are able to utilise existing supplies on-farm by 30 April 2021
  • Growers are able to purchase additional volumes of Shirtan to meet their imminent requirements from their usual Ag-Chem distributor outlet, given a firm commitment at Point of Sale to use all the additional volume purchased by 30 April 2021
  • Return of “excess” Shirtan stock on-farm to distribution outlets will NOT be permitted, nor will CREDITS for “excess” stock be processed. It is the Growers’ responsibility to ensure ALL stock is applied on-farm by 30 April 2021.

It will be illegal to use or possess Shirtan after 26 May 2021.

Please contact your local Channel Partner outlet or Nufarm Territory Manager for further details.

Background:
Mercury is classed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of the top ten chemicals of major public concern, posing a serious risk to the environment and human health. Common sources of mercury emissions and release in Australia include: air emissions from coal fired power stations and non-ferrous metal smelters, the application of mercury containing pesticide to sugarcane, disposal of damaged fluorescent and low energy lamps, leaking mercury containing thermometers and batteries, and amalgam waste from dental practices.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global, legally-binding instrument on mercury which arose out of intergovernmental negotiating committee recommendations to address the risks of mercury use to human health and the environment globally, through imposing restrictions on continued mercury use or banning use where appropriate.

With respect to sugarcane, Shirtan has been a key fungicide utilised in the Australian sugarcane industry to target Pineapple disease (Ceratocystis paradoxa) since the 1950’s. However, as it contains 120g/L Mercury as Methoxy Ethyl Mercuric Chloride (MEMC) as its’ active ingredient, the continued use of Shirtan for Australian sugarcane production has been under review of the Minamata Convention.

Although the Australian Government has not ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury to date, the manufacturer of Shirtan has terminated their registration to manufacture the product given a mercury source is no longer available for manufacture due to the impact of the Minamata Convention globally to date.

What this means for the future of Shirtan:
As a result, no additional Shirtan will be manufactured and imported for use in Australian sugarcane. Shirtan remains permitted for use, however, in Australian sugarcane production in the short term- current supplies on hand (on-farm, within the distribution network and Nufarm stock on hand) can still be used, although ALL stock must be applied by 30 April 2021.

Given the recent termination of the Shirtan manufacturing registration, it will be illegal to use or possess Shirtan after 26 May 2021.
SRA MYRTLE CREEK PROJECT UPDATE

Myrtle Creek project 2019/2020 wet season results are now available on the SRA website. You can access them at the bottom of this page: https://sugarresearch.com.au/growers-and-millers/water-quality/ .

Give Molly a call if you would like to discuss the results (0439619082).


Last year’s trials looked at:

  1. ENTEC® vs standard granular fertiliser
  2. Valor® 500WG vs Atrazine and Tordon® 75-D
  3. Band vs blank sprayed Bobcat® i-MAXX AND Stool Zippas vs no Stool Zippas for fertiliser application
  4. Confidor® Guard vs suSCon maxi Intel®

We will do 4 more trials this year. If you would like to be involved please talk to Molly. Options include looking at new herbicides such as AmiTron and Palmero® TX, or suggest your own idea.

NEW RECORD-KEEPING & MINIMUM TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR CHEMICAL USE
From 19 June 2020, the requirement to make and keep records of chemical use and new minimum training requirements has been extended to all users of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals under amendments to the Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Regulation 2017.

The amendments reflect a nationally harmonised approach regarding record keeping and training for all agvet chemical users. 

The Regulation now stipulates what information must be recorded; who must make and keep records; who must be provided with a copy of the record; timeframes within which a record must be made; and the length of time for which the record must be kept. Certain non-agricultural use of some chemicals (e.g. pool chlorine, domestic insecticides, and home garden chemicals) is excluded from these requirements.

Nationally harmonised minimum training and licensing requirements are now in place for occupational (fee-for-service) users of agvet chemicals and all users of restricted chemical products (RCPs) and Schedule 7 chemicals (i.e. poisons).

New training requirements for use of RCPs commenced on 19 July 2020, while the new requirements for use of Schedule 7 chemicals will commence on 19 July 2021.

Nationally harmonised minimum requirements provide confidence to trade partners, protect Queensland’s enviable reputation as a ‘clean and green’ supplier of high-quality produce, and will allow users of agvet chemicals to conduct their business in any Australian jurisdiction with greater ease.

More information is available on keeping records of agricultural chemical applications or by calling the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Customer Support Centre on 13 25 23.
QSL AUGUST UPDATE
New and improved for 2021
 
Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) has released its product range for the 2021 Season, with a host of new features and products designed to give Queensland cane growers more pricing options and increased flexibility.

QSL Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Greg Beashel said the improvements sought to provide a range of products that delivered options for all cane growers, whether they be large corporate farmers, or smaller producers juggling work off farm.

"The global raw sugar price is notoriously volatile, so it's really important that our state's cane farmers and sugar millers are able to make the most of favourable pricing when it's available," Mr Beashel said.

"Together with easier access to pricing and market information through initiatives such as our industry-first app, these new products and improvements aim to do just that."
 
More pricing opportunities
•             Commitment limits increased to 70%
•             Price up to 98% yourself in the Self-Managed Harvest Contract
 
More flexible grower-managed pricing
•             Choose if and when you want to roll in the Individual Futures Contract
•             Simplified Self-Managed Harvest Contract with new rolling option
 
More ways to price it yourself
•             New Grower Floor Contract lets you lock in a minimum return with potential for higher returns if the market rises
•             New Defaulting Target Price Contract lets you set your own pricing targets up to 3 years in advance, with any unfilled orders automatically defaulting to the
              Harvest Pool in April before the crush
 
Managing a drop in production
Worried about the impact of wet weather on your production?
QSL growers with committed pricing have multiple options to address in-season production reductions, including:
•             Shifting tonnage between ABNs
•             Rolling pricing forward to the next season
•             Unwinding pricing

Join the QSL Team on Facebook
Where you can:
•             Stay up-to-date with notices, alerts and deadlines
•             Monday (video): Get the tip on the Three Things You Should Know for the coming week
•             Tuesday: My Backyard - our weekly invitation to send in photos of your backyard!
•             Wednesday (report): QSL Market Update
•             Thursday: Learn to decipher market speak with our QSL Jargon Buster
•             Friday: QSL Weekly Update
•             Like and follow our page, for all of these and much more!
 
 Growers in Proserpine seeking more information or to ask any questions please contact;

Disclaimer: The information in this document does not constitute financial advice. Growers should seek their own financial advice and read the QSL Pricing Pool Terms in full (available at www.qsl.com.au) before making any pricing and pool selection decisions.  QSL does not accept any responsibility to any person for the decisions and actions taken by that person with respect to any of the information contained in this document.
QFF HERE TO HELP WITH NEW MEMBER'S SERVICES

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has partnered with home-grown Australian businesses to provide additional value and support for the 14,000 primary producers the peak agricultural body represents. Farmers belonging to any of QFF’s 20 industry members now have free access to options and benefits from Bunnings, AutoTender, National Salary Sacrificing and Safe Ag Systems.

QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis said while farmers were no strangers to significant and continuing challenges, 2020 had been particularly difficult. "With a protracted drought, rising input costs, burdensome government regulations and the global COVID-19 pandemic, Queensland farmers are struggling to remain productive and profitable,” Dr Davis said.

“While QFF has continued to advocate on behalf of farmers and drive change to improve their operating environment during this time, the launch of our new members’ services and website portal provides another opportunity to provide support to the Queensland agriculture sector.”

“Farmers can now sign up to access Bunning’s PowerPass Trade Accounts with special pricing and offers, AutoTender’s vehicle wholesale pricing and tendering platform for any vehicle model or manufacturer, National Salary Packaging’s salary sacrificing options and Safe Ag Systems’ safety management software at a discount.”

“We hope that by providing these additional services we can further support Queensland farmers to continue producing high quality and sustainable food, fibre and foliage into the future.”

Sign up to access the members portal and services here: https://www.qff.org.au/member-portal/.

QUEENSLAND FARMERS FEDERATION - 10 THINGS TO KNOW
 
   
CLICK HERE for the latest QFF update (dated 10th August, 2020)
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