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Cane crops damaged but not destroyed

Kathleen Calderwood, Monday April 14, 2014 - 15:29 EST
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Sugar cane in the Mackay region has sustained some damage from Tropical Cyclone Ita. - ABC

Farmers in the Mackay region have been spared any major damage, as Tropical Cyclone Ita passed by overnight.

However, it's a particularly vulnerable time for cane crops in the area, looking forward to the crush in the next couple of months.

Cane farmer Rudy Mattsson from Victoria Plains, near Walkerston, says some of his crops were damaged but not destroyed.

"Overall, the crop is pretty good.

"There's three varieties mainly that have gone down... a lot are flattened because they're a new variety that are fairly soft and they've got a big top on them.

"Very little is broken off. I think most of it, because the ground was so wet, was able to fall over and bend over and it'll be alright to harvest, but it'll be a bit of a hard job harvesting it. It'll slow the harvester down, but it should be alright.

"There'll be a bit less sugar in it because once it goes down you lose sugar."

Beef producer Trevor Shelly, from Wandoo Station between Sarina and Nebo, says this rain should set them up well for winter.

"We've had some wonderful rain as a result of the cyclone. We've had just on 120 millimetres of rain.

"We've had no structural damage. We've got a little bit of flood fencing to do, but it'll put us in a pretty good place for winter as long as the winter's not too tough."


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