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20 May 2022




Green buses hit town

18 May 2022 | Wilmar Sugar

Bioethanol made at our Sarina Distillery is being used to power state-of-the-art buses that have hit the ground in Mackay.

The two Scania-owned buses will be the first of their kind used on Queensland public transport. They will be powered entirely by bioethanol derived from Queensland-grown sugarcane. 

Operations Manager for Wilmar BioEthanol Pieter Van Vuren said Wilmar had a long association with Scania in promoting biofuels for passenger vehicles in Australia. More...


Digging up the past

15 May 2022 | Wilmar Sugar

South Sea Islander artefacts possibly dating back to the 19th century have been uncovered during an archaeological dig on our Pioneer Mill estate. 

The artefacts include stems of clay tobacco pipes and part of a pipe bowl featuring a man’s face. It is hoped these are just the start of what lies beneath the grassed area near Pioneer Mill’s housing estate, with the dig set to continue in July. More...


Cane Matters launch edition out now

19 May 2022 | SRA

SRA’s new publication Cane Matters will hit letterboxes throughout the industry this week.

The magazine will be produced quarterly and replaces CaneConnection (formerly produced quarterly for growers) and Milling Matters (produced twice a year for millers). The name is a strong statement about the importance of the sugarcane industry to regional communities and economies – Cane Matters. More...

2022 sugarcane harvest needs workers

17 March 2022 | CANEGROWERS

Australia’s sugarcane growers are worried a shortage of workers could mean they’ll struggle to harvest a good-looking and sizeable crop this year so peak grower organisation CANEGROWERS is calling for people with experience to head north for winter. More...

Growers forge market path for sustainable sugar

19 May 2022 | CANEGROWERS

Peak sugarcane organisation CANEGROWERS is opening more market doors for Queensland sugar by achieving advanced alignment between Smartcane BMP and a global sustainability program. More...


Bound for Brazil: Coast distillery's sweet sugar cane spirit is on its way to Rio

18 May 2022 | Sunshine Coast News

A Coast distillery’s juice-based spirit, produced from local sugar cane, has hit the sweet spot with Australia’s Brazilians and will soon be exported to Rio. Sunshine & Sons, based at Woombye, has gained a following for its distilled spirit cachaca which is the most popular beverage in the South American nation. More...


Regional Water Assessments - Bundaberg and Burnett Region

May 2022 | NCEconomics

Natural Capital Economics (NCEconomics) has been engaged by the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (DRDMW) to undertake a detailed assessment of future water requirements in the Bundaberg and Burnett over the next 30 years. More...

Have your say on agricultural water demand here.




The price of the humble lettuce is sending us a loud message

19 May 2022 | QFF

Concerns around the rising costs of living have featured strongly in political debate during the Federal election campaign. The humble lettuce became the symbolic centre of political commentary and the idea that it could cost the same as a cup of coffee raised eyebrows across the nation.


We know that fruit and vegetable prices have gone up largely because supply chains have been severely affected by the COVID pandemic, floods, and international conflict which have led to the loss of farm workers and escalating fertiliser, fuel, and transport costs. More...

Workforce Planning Tools to Assist Farming Enterprises Plan for the Future

18 May 2022 | QFF

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has partnered with Jobs Queensland to help small to medium enterprises plan for the future and grow their capability in workforce planning to position their business to succeed in a changing environment. More...


Skyrocketing grain prices to worsen global food insecurity, Rabobank warns

19 May 2022 | ABC

Russia's war over Ukraine will push grain and food prices up for at least a year, Rabobank has warned, with dire outcomes for the world's hungriest nations.

Rabobank's report on the Russia-Ukraine war said higher energy prices and disrupted trade would be felt well beyond this year. More...

Australian canola crop forecast at 5.2Mt: AOF

16 May 2022 | Grain Central

The Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) has forecast a 2022-23 canola area nat 3.3 million hectares (Mha) to produce 5.2M tonnes. 

The area is mostly planted, and represents an aggregate increase of 12 per cent on the amount planted last year. More...

Northern Rivers weather outlook bleak for farmers as rain continues

16 May 2022 | ABC

Rainfall and flood records have tumbled across the Northern Rivers leaving its agricultural sector devastated and with a recovery that is far from over.

A lack of sunshine and repeated flooding has hampered efforts in the 10 weeks since the region was first smashed in early March. More...


Rotamarker Co-Contribution Program 2022

May 2022 | QFF

QFF has partnered with ErgonEnergy & Energex to offer farmers belonging to any of QFF’s 20 industry members a 50 per cent co-contribution a maximum of $500 to match the funds of installing up to 10 rotamarkers on their properties. More info here.




Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 19 May 2022

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 20 May 2022

Town May YTD
 Mossman 193.4 2146.8
Mareeba 59.6 620.2
Cairns 201.6  1737.0
Innisfail 484.02304.6
Tully 379.52378.8
Ingham 265.81338.8
Ayr 109.3647.6
Proserpine 178.0978.8
Mackay 151.0728.0
 Bundaberg172.0 742.0
Maryborough 98.6734.6
Ballina 131.61908.4
Yamba 79.01683.0

Bureau app upgrades to help communities better prepare for severe weather events

19 May 2022 | BoM

The Bureau of Meteorology has introduced push notifications on its BOM Weather app to provide more targeted advice to communities during severe weather.

The push notifications will include six types of weather warnings; tropical cyclone, fire weather, flood, tsunami, severe thunderstorms and severe weather.  More...


BOM forecasts more rain for central, South East Queensland, warns of flooding risk for Mary and Brisbane River catchments

19 May 2022 | ABC

"Battle weary" central Queensland landholders are in for yet another soaking heading into the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

The BOM's Brooke Pagel says showers will increase into widespread "moderate rainfall" in central and South East Queensland on Friday and Saturday.  More...

NSW town Weilmoringle prepares to be cut off for winter, as rain replaces drought and closes roads

19 May 2022 | ABC

A rural town is preparing to spend much of winter isolated, with the wet weather in NSW and Queensland predicted to cut off the community for an extended period.

Weilmoringle, in far north-west NSW, is on the Culgoa floodplain and is mostly reliant on dirt roads prone to being cut off when the rivers rise. More...




25 May 2022 - QFF Farm Business Hour

25 May 2022 - Impact of harvesting practices on cane and sugar yields | Welcome Creek
26 May 2022 - Making informed decisions when input costs are high | Te Kowai 

   1 Jun 2022 - Precision Agriculture Workshop - Prosperine 

   2 Jun 2022 - MAPS/SRA Field Day 2022 | Victoria Plains