The inside track

Cane Varieties Trends

Inside Track - Apr 2017
On the FAS soil sample submission for topsoils and subsoils, it asks you to estimate what yield you would expect from the green manure crop. This figure is used to estimate the N contribution from the green manure. The submission form requests you to estimate it as low, average or high. Most growers do not know how to estimates this as everything is “relative”.

Variety Disposition in Industry

Inside Track - Feb 2017
Variety Disposition in Industry

Soil sent to the mill

Inside Track - Nov 2016
The season started off on a very poor note as the soil delivered to the mill was generally very high up until early winter.

Season’s Quality & Yield

Inside Track - Jun 2016
The original estimate for 2015 was 64.7t/ha, but as the year went on growth conditions did not improve and the year ended at 62.8t/ha. The crop for the 2016 season has improved somewhat to 68.3t/ha (May estimate), but is still the 5th lowest yield attained in the period


Inside Track - Apr 2016
The test frequency for 2015 was 59%, which is an improvement on the 57% of 2014. Below is a chart indicating the main reasons for the Non-tests in 2015

Smut in new varieties

Inside Track - Feb 2016
The latest varieties being produced by SASRI have been very exciting! The main change has been the greater resistance to pests and diseases. This can be seen by the table below.

2016 Ripening

Inside Track - Feb 2016
Due to the ongoing drought and therefore lack of growth, most growers have been negative towards ripening cane for the start of the season.

Destruction of Cane

Inside Track - Dec 2015
In 2014 some areas were hit by an unexpected frost. In many cases the cane was not suitable to be sent to the mill and many growers resorted bailing the tops to be able recoup some income. This was again done by growers affected by the extreme hail damage experienced in April this year.


Inside Track - Nov 2015
The first seedcane of N50 was received from SASRI in 2010. Sadly this had too many off types and was therefore not bulked to growers. In 2011 clean seedcane was received in the form of NovaCane which was planted at Torwoodlea under irrigation.

Integrated management of plant parasitic nematodes

Inside Track - Nov 2015
The industry loses approximately 1.6 million tons of cane annually due to nematodes. Much of this loss can be alleviated through proper management of the pest. Traditionally nematodes have always been managed with the use of nematicides. However, there are some existing farm practices that can be exploited to help manage a nematode problem without the use of a nematicide.