The inside track


- Jun 2014

April/May points to focus on

Inside Track - May 2014

Updated maps

- Feb 2014
Some growers have started to receive their updated maps from NCT, particularly those with an NCT timber quota. Growers must please check both their timber AND cane areas! Some maps have been returned to NCT as having been checked, yet the cane area needed corrections. If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact Bruno Eggers.

Leaf Samples

Inside Track - Jan 2014
It is that time of year again to take leaf samples to check the efficacy of your fertiliser programme and to check what may be affecting one or two weak areas within a field.


Inside Track - Nov 2013
N42 is a little known variety in the Midlands North area which was released in 2011.

Cutting Cycles for Cane Varieties

Inside Track - Oct 2013
There has been an alarming increase in the Eldana numbers found on farms this year. There are two common factors regarding high Eldana counts; variety selection and age of cane.

Varieties & Seedcane

the inside track - Aug 2013
We request growers to please fill in their variety information correctly on the tickets as we use this collated information as one of the tools to decide which varieties to plant in the MN P&D nursery.

Improving the test frequency

the Inside Track - Jul 2013
The mill has strived to improve the testing frequency over the past few years, with mixed success.

Can Quality

Inside Track - May 2013
Considering the good growing conditions that were experienced resulting in high tonnages, it was expected that the quality at the beginning of the season would be slightly lower than average. Growers that ripened their cane effectively saw great benefit, in some instances a benefit of ±R4’000/ha was calculated.

Variety entries on cane delivery notes

Inside Track - Apr 2013
Many growers do not fill in their delivery notes correctly regarding the varieties. Entering false information on delivery notes has serious implications for the end of year statistical analysis of variety performance. Growers are urged to fill in the correct information as this also assists in the planning for the MN P&D nursery.