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15 October 2021




Partnership to develop sugarcane industry roadmap

12 October 2021 | SRA

Sugarcane industry peak bodies and the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) are partnering to develop the first whole-of-industry shared vision and roadmap to 2040.

The Sugarcane Industry Roadmap will adopt a best-for-industry view to identify significant opportunities to drive sustainability, growth and prosperity of the industry and regional communities into the future. More...


Mackay biorefinery pilot plant ready for take-off

13 October 2021 | Queensland Country Life

World-leading technology has landed in Mackay, bringing Queensland one step closer to a $1 billion sustainable, export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector. 

Mercurius has finalised commissioning and is about to commence operations at their pilot plant that will use their patented REACHTM technology to produce valuable renewable chemicals, diesel and jet fuel from sugarcane waste. More...


16 Best Rums You Can Buy In Australia [2021 Guide]

14 October 2021 | Boss Hunting

Every year some of the world’s most deluded bartenders claim rum will one day be as big as whisky. It won’t. But perhaps rum deserves to at least be considered as appropriate for a nightcap as your favourite dram. When you really sip and savour some of the best rums you can get your hands on, the palate is akin to a rude awakening, giving you a well-deserved slap for being such a spirit novice that you’d dare overlook some of the best rum brands in the world. More...


Tetra Pak Expands Production of Plant-Based Coatings for Aseptic Cartons to North America

`4 October 2021 | CSR Wire

As demand for sustainable packaging continues to grow, Tetra Pak has expanded production of aseptic cartons made with sugarcane-based polyethylene (PE) coatings to their Denton, Texas converting plant. The cartons incorporating plant-based PE will come with a plant-based cap, also derived from sugarcane.

The plant-based PE coating offers the same recyclability, functionality and food protection as traditional polymers but made from renewable materials with a lower climate impact. More...




Take time for mental health this week

13 October 2021 | QFF

Mental health is a key component of overall health and wellbeing. The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing conducted in 2007 found that an estimated one in five Australians aged 16 to 85 had experienced a mental disorder in the previous 12 months. While those living in rural and remote areas face additional challenges due to their geographic location and often have poorer health outcomes than people living in metropolitan areas. A 2020 study by the Australian Health and Wellbeing Institute corroborated the experience of mental health in regions with suicide rates among the highest in the Queensland regions of Burnett, Southwestern Queensland and Tablelands – Kuranda. With males three to four times more likely to take their own lives than females. More...


A fair cop for horticulture will include increasing investment in more efficient production systems and supporting growers to adopt them

12 October 2021 | Queensland Country Life

The next United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow in November, is an opportunity for nations to announce their emissions reduction targets for 2030 in order to reach net-zero by 2050.

Regardless of whether Scott Morrison goes to Glasgow, we are increasingly agreed as a nation we should head toward net-zero by 2050. More...

'We'll do our share on climate change, but not everyone else's'

14 October 2021 | Farm Online

Farmers will never again let climate policy be unilaterally imposed on agriculture and the bush. We've seen what happened when we're not at the table. The world is run by those who show up. This time farmers are at the table and we are shaping how things turn out and we are seeking a constructive and positive pathway forward. More...

Queensland will soon be home to the world's largest green hydrogen manufacturing facility. Here's what that means

11 October 2021 | ABC

Mining billionaire Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest yesterday announced that Central Queensland would soon be home to the world's largest hydrogen manufacturing facility. It is expected to make Queensland a "renewable energy superpower". More...


Bundaberg farmers up in arms over proposed coking coal mine north of Bundaberg

8 October 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Bundaberg farmers have rallied against a proposed coking coal mine, which they believe would threaten one of Queensland's largest food bowls. 

Exploration company Fox Resources recently submitted an application for a Mineral Development Lease to undertake an exploration programme for a prospective coking coal mine north of Bundaberg. More...


International Day of Rural Women an opportunity to celebrate female leaders in agriculture

15 October 2021 | North Queensland Register

The role of women within the agricultural industry has evolved and become crucial for its continued success. It has become a talking point in recent years but for many, this has long been understand. More...


Mixed blessings for grains industry in late season La Nina

14 October 2021 | Queensland Country Life

The agriculture sector has mixed feelings about the prospect of a late season La Nina weather event forming, with rain welcome still in the south but not in northern NSW and Queensland where harvest has commenced. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD
10 Oct 2021
Mossman 524,622
10 Oct 2021 Tableland 513,488 14.07 14.14
10 Oct 2021 Mulgrave 817,668 11.56 11.45
10 Oct 2021 South Johnstone 817,668 11.56 11.51
15 Oct 2021 Tully 1,741,155 12.72 12.70
9 Oct 2021 Victoria 1,791,942 12.97 12.68
9 Oct 2021 Macknade 863,718
9 Oct 2021 Invicta 2,399,404 14.53 14.49
9 Oct 2021 Pioneer 1,272,485 14.61 14.59
9 Oct 2021 Kalamia 1,231,426 14.07 14.10
9 Oct 2021 Inkerman 1,144,745 14.54 14.33
9 Oct 2021 Proserpine 1,080,658 14.79 14.42
10 Oct 2021 Mackay 3,293,892 14.57 13.88
9 Oct 2021 Plane Creek 922,081 15.22 14.25
10 Oct 2021 Bundaberg 674,357 15.59 14.18
12 Sep 2021 Isis 533,437 14.36 13.69
12 Sep 2021 Rocky Point 102,651 14.36 13.69
10 Oct 2021 Harwood 417,642 13.39 12.21
10 Oct 2021 Broadwater 487,406 13.90 12.58
10 Oct 2021 Condong 334,990 12.84 12.20



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 12 October 2021

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 15 October 2021

Town Oct YTD
 Mossman0.2 1365.4
Mareeba 0.4 810.6
Cairns 5.2 2269.2
Innisfail  0.04311.8
Tully 0.04311.8
Ingham 14.83061.8
Ayr 0.2942.2
Proserpine 0.0981.2
Mackay 10.0997.8
Maryborough 63.4630.8
Ballina 98.01506.0
Yamba 128.4 1501.8

More spring rain and where it fell overnight

14 October 2021 | Queensland Country Life

There was widespread rain across eastern Australia overnight and from yesterday. 

And there is more to come, especially for the south-east, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. More...

Cyclones, flooding risk highlighted in Bureau's severe weather outlook

11 October 2021 | BoM

Australians can expect an average, or slightly above average, cyclone season with an increased risk of widespread flooding over the east and north, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Severe Weather Outlook released today. More...