Cane farms welcome rain
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.”