Crops starting to stand

A FEW days of sunshine has meant that some sugarcane crops in the Proserpine district are starting to respond after copping a battering from Cyclone Ului.

According to Canegrowers Proserpine branch manager Michael Porter a lot of the crops are starting to stand up after being flattened by the massive winds.

“The sunny weather has certainly seen crops respond,” he said.

In regards to cane that has snapped, Mr Porter said they were still assessing the situation.

“It could grow, it could send out side shoots or stop growing all together,” he said.

“It will be another couple of weeks before we can tell.”

Overall Mr Porter said that the initial assessment of a 10 per cent production loss for sugarcane in the Proserpine district was about spot on at this stage.

At the current prices this could mean an $8 million dollar loss in production for this season.


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