N50

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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.

RV top 10 for October

P. J. Schröder 14.21
Torwoodlea Estate 13.90
Mt. St. Bernard Trust 13.85
R. H. Fortmann 13.36
Ortmann Brothers 13.12
M. A. Klipp 13.00
Arum Valley Trust 12.92
R. H. Kaiser 12.90
Rencken Farming 12.89
W. R. W. Trust 12.83
 

Industry figures for October

Malelane 13.92
Pongola 13.64
Komatipoort 13.46
Eston 12.97
Umfolozi 12.96
Noodsberg 12.82
UCL 12.68
Umzimkulu 11.96
Felixton 11.87
Maidstone 11.06
Sezela 10.95
Gledhow 10.89
Amatikulu 10.72
Darnall 10.48
Industry 12.30

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N50

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. In 2012 it was decided that there was too little to release to growers and that this should be bulked up in the Harden Heights nursery. This drawn out process is the main reason why there is so little N50 in the area.

The variety is suitable to be planted in both high and low potential; but the greatest return has been on poor to moderate potential soil.

Below are some results comparing N31 to N50. The information below is displayed as a percentage of N31 (tRV/ha).

  N50  
Sandspruit 102%  
Glenside 111%  
Bruyns Hill 115%  

On the pest and disease side N50 is very similar to N31 except that it is resistant to Mosaic whereas N31 has an intermediate rating. The stalk is a little larger than N31 and therefore also has a slightly lower population.

Growers are encouraged to try this variety on their farms as one will only know if the variety works for you once you have tried it. If growers would like to view a plant and first ratoon of the variety please contact Bruno Eggers.

An update on N54, N61 and N62 will be given at our annual Cane Grower Day early next year.

Brief:

  • Cane growers are request to email Bruno Eggers the percentage of farm area that will be replanted this season.
  • LRI is in the process of mapping areas for their clients and have made the service available to our growers. The cost will be at R5/ha per farm. More details will be sent to growers soon.
  • The Susfarms 2018 initiative has started producing Landuse Plans for the Midlands North and South regions; growers that have soils maps and would like to have these added to their LUPs to please contact Bruno Eggers

Bark

It has not been a great start to our stripping season. Conditions have not been on our side, but a very big thank you to all our growers who delivered over the past weeks. We are happy to report that this past week we exceeded the 1’200t

At this stage we will stay open allocation until we close on Friday the 18th of December at 22:00. Then due to some maintenance on our factory we will only accept bark from Monday the 11th of January at 07:00.

Once again thank you for all the deliveries to date.

UCL Share Trading

Current offers to sell:
  Qty  Value
Feb ’12 27’650 R1.50
Feb ’12 500’000 R1.50
Jun ’12  99’800  R1.50
Oct ’12 35’804 R1.50
Nov ’12 13’406   R1.50
Jan ’13 22’500 R1.50
Jul ’13 2’744’271 R1.20
Mar’ 14  466’462 R1.50
Aug '15 22'500 R1.00
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