Cane farms wel­come rain

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­CENT rain in the Dou­glas re­gion has been wel­comed by cane grow­ers and the strong growth of the crops so far in­di­cates a good yield of sugar once har­vest­ing be­gins in June.

Moss­man Cane­grow­ers chair­man Drew Wat­son said many of the crops were get­ting a “lit­tle thirsty” and the re­cent down­pour had been wel­come.

“It is the wet sea­son af­ter all and we do ex­pect a bit of rain but the crops had been get­ting a lit­tle bit dry and we no­ticed this af­ter a num­ber of farm­ers fin­ished their fi­nal spray­ing of their crops,” Mr Wat­son said.

“The rain fell at a per­fect time re­ally as most of us sprayed our fi­nal run of knock­down her­bi­cide a cou­ple of weeks ago which was able to do its work be­fore the wel­come rain came.

“And I don’t want to speak too soon, but if the weather re­mains kind to us we should all have rea­son­able crops ready for har­vest in June.”

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