The science of sugarcane on display at Northern Grower Research Updates

Date Posted

23 February, 2018

Posted by

Cathy Weis

Far North Queensland sugarcane growers, millers and industry will receive the latest information on sugarcane research and innovation at upcoming Grower Research Updates in the region.

With events in both Cairns and Innisfail, the Grower Research Updates will provide the local sugarcane industry with a valuable insight into the work and investments from their industry-owned company, Sugar Research Australia (SRA).

The coming events will feature three panel discussions, with researchers presenting on their research and then answering questions from the audience to further explore how their work provides productivity, profitability, and sustainability outcomes for the industry.

The Cairns event is on March 1 from 9am to midday at the Colonial Club and the Innisfail event is on March 2 from 9am to midday at the Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Mourilyan.

Topics include yellow canopy syndrome, farming systems, and breeding the varieties of the future.

SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said that the updates had been structured to provide information relevant to the local industry, while also sharing the latest research information.

“Sugarcane varieties are the single biggest investment area that SRA makes on behalf of the Australian industry, and are a foundation of profitability and productivity for growers and millers,” Mr Fisher said. “So this will be a hot topic of discussion, especially as SRA is undertaking a raft of improvements to sugarcane breeding program.

“Taking that further, soil health and plant nutrition are crucial aspects of sugarcane growing and milling, and we will have the chance to look at the exciting new work on soil health and the improved farming system as part of a project being led by SRA’s Mr Davey Olsen.

“SRA is also continuing the investigation into yellow canopy syndrome to determine the cause of this unknown syndrome for the industry. Our researchers will present their recent findings and outline current research that is underway.

“We encourage all growers, millers, and industry stakeholders to attend these forums to learn more about the research and innovation occurring as part of SRA’s investments.”

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