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15 January 2021




Case IH steps up again for sugarcane conference

4 January 2021 | Bundaberg Now

Innovation and success in the Bundaberg Region sugarcane industry will be showcased at the Case IH Step UP! conference in Bundaberg next month.

Sugarcane industry representatives will gather to discuss the latest innovations, technology and research to help cane farmers maximise their opportunities for ongoing success into the future.

The Case IH Step UP! Conference will be held in Bundaberg from February 9 to 10, 2021, with a line-up of guest speakers and field trips for participants.

The conference will culminate in a gala dinner at the Kalki Moon Distillery.

The conference is usually held every two years and was scheduled for March 2020, but had to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. More...


Case IH steps up again as major sponsor of sugarcane conference

13 January 2020 | Next Gen StepUP!

Sugarcane industry representatives will gather in Bundaberg in February 2021 for a major conference focused on the latest innovations, technology and research to help cane farmers maximise their opportunities for ongoing success into the future.

The Case IH Step UP! Conference will be held in Bundaberg from February 9 to 10, 2021, with a line-up of guest speakers and field trips for participants. The conference will culminate in a gala dinner at the Kalki Moon Distillery. More..


Case IH wins multiple innovation awards

5 January 2021 | Source

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named seven outstanding agricultural innovations from Case IH in its annual AE50 Awards.

The awards honour the year's most innovative designs in engineering products and systems for the food and agricultural industries. More...


Planting soybeans with AquaTill - December 2020

15 January 2021 | SRA

Checking on the outcome of planting soybeans with AquaTill, including feedback from on-farm users.The plan for the future is to make the adjustments to the AquaTill implement suggested in the video clip and to demonstrate the implement in other cane growing regions. Watch here


Global sugar deficit forecast but La Nina gives Aussie growers a boost

7 January 2021 | Farm Online

The onset of a La Nina will prove an advantage for the Australian sugar-growing season, with forecast strong rainfall to assist cane development and, ultimately, 2021 yields, according to Rabobank's latest Global Sugar Quarterly report. More...


Tributes flow for former Canegrowers chairman Fred Soper

11 January 2021 | North Queensland Register

A Stalwart of Queensland's sugarcane industry who was credited with leading growers through one of the most turbulent periods in its history has died.

Fred Soper, a grower in the Marian region, was the Queensland Canegrowers chairman from 1982-1989, a time of great instability for the industry. More...


Bundy's iconic soft drink raises a glass to the town

10 January 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks is expected to create 221 jobs for the region with the production of it's new $100m factory.

The 44h factory is being built in phases to meet the demand of the iconic Queensland drinks international success and is expected to bring $12m in wages into the local economy. More...




Regional planning review must protect prime ag land

13 January 2021 | QFF

Queensland is rich in agricultural, mineral and fuel resources. At times, this creates coexistence challenges for the agriculture sector and the gas industry to manage the interaction between these critical industries. To assist with this ongoing relationship, the Queensland Audit Office has recommended the GasFields Commission Queensland review the coal seam gas (CSG) assessment process identified under the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (RPI Act). The review will determine whether the process adequately manages CSG activities in areas of regional interest, the land classifications provided by the legislation are consistent and adequate exemptions are available in the assessment process. More...

Bundaberg man's innovative drone company enjoys rainfall demand

7 January 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Jamin Fleming's Bundaberg based business OzTech Drones has been flying high after recent rainfall saw a need for the innovative technology.

Specialising in agriculture spray drones, OzTech Drones uses the technology to assist properties wherever they can - from painting greenhouses, to minimising chemical contact. More...


Fruit and veg losses top $38 million

8 January 2021 | Growcom

Crop losses across the country directly as a result of ongoing labour shortages have continued to mount over the festive season, and have now topped $38 million. 

The National Lost Crop Register was launched in mid-December to capture the true cost to industry and the national economy from a lack of seasonal workers available to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables.  More...

Retired farmer, Australia's oldest man turns 111

13 January 2021 | Farm Online

Australia's oldest man has celebrated his 111th birthday in a Roma retirement village today surrounded by a small group of family and friends.

A retired farmer, Dexter Kruger has previously attributed his good health to living "a life in the bush in the country air". More...


Indian farmers fight reform laws, but changes could boost trade with Australia

14 January 2021 | ABC

While farmers in India fight three controversial free-market agriculture laws, some experts say Australia could benefit from the landmark legislation to reform India's massive farm sector.

The laws could break up state control over the marketing of food and fibres, allowing farmers to sell directly to corporations, grow crops under private contract, and use e-commerce platforms. More...




Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 12 January 2021

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 15 January 2021

Town Jan YTD
Mareeba 367.4367.4
Cairns 377.4377.4
Innisfail 315.0315.0
Tully 534.0534.0
Ingham 764.0764.0
Ayr 412.4
Proserpine 377.4377.4
Mackay 247.4247.4
Maryborough 45.245.2
Ballina 77.677.6
Yamba 92.692.6

Annual Climate Statement 2020: Australia's fourth-warmest year on record, with below average rainfall for parts of Queensland and Western Australia

8 January 2020 | Bureau of Meteorology

The Annual Climate Statement is the Bureau's official summary of the previous year, providing information on temperature, rainfall and significant weather.

The year 2020 was the fourth-warmest year on record for Australia, with the nation's area-averaged mean temperature for the year 1.15 °C above the 1961–1990 average. More...

Australia marked fourth-hottest year in 2020

8 Jan 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Australians felt the force of high temperatures, drought, intense rain and giant hail during a year of weather extremes in 2020.

It was the fourth-warmest year on record and wetter than average as the hot and dry start was countered by a La Nina weather pattern declared in September, the Bureau of Meteorology's annual climate statement says. More...


La Nina is passing its peak but the rainfall is here to stay

13 January 2021 | Queensland Country Life

The Bureau of Meteorology said this La Nina season is just passing its peak but the wet conditions should hang around until autumn.

La Nina was initially projected to reach its peak in December but the rainfall continued to pour down into the New Year, giving farmers in drought-ravaged regional centres a reason to smile. More...


It's urgent we act on declining water storage, scientists warn

13 January 2021 | Farm Online

International scientists have highlighted the urgent need for mitigation to avoid water storage declines and increased droughts and the big role farmers in Australia, particular in the south, stand to play in that.

By the end of this century, the global land area and population living in extreme-to-exceptional drought could more than double, research directed from Michigan State University in the United States has found. More...