Variety Guides help make variety selection easier for growers and millers

Date Posted

18 December, 2017

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Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has produced a new hard copy publication for sugarcane growers and millers to put detailed information on sugarcane varieties at their fingertips.

The 2017/18 Variety Guides have been posted to growers and millers and provide information for growers to help them select the best sugarcane varieties to plant. The six guides cover the regions of NSW, Southern, Central, Burdekin, Herbert, and Northern.

SRA Adoption Officer for Varieties, Ms Tracy Hay, said the purpose of the guides was to provide information from variety assessment trials, including valuable data on tonnes, sugar content, disease ratings, and a range of other attributes.

“Plant breeding is the single largest investment area that SRA makes on behalf of the industry, to produce new sugarcane varieties that enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of growers and millers,” Ms Hay said.

“A key question for growers and millers is – how might this variety perform in my region and in my conditions? The SRA Variety Guides answer that question with the best available trial data and agronomic information.

“Our aim is to give growers and millers information in a relatable way that helps makes the process of variety selection easier.”

Proserpine grower Mr Lindsay Altmann said that choosing a variety was a crucial foundation of profitable and sustainable sugarcane farming, and that growers were always looking for more information on variety performance.

“The information provided in the Variety Guide is useful in helping to make decisions for planting,” Mr Altmann said. “Growers need to weigh up a range of factors such as yield and disease tolerance. The guide helps with that information.”

The guides can be viewed at