New cane va­ri­eties for FNQ grow­ers and millers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - RURAL INSIGHT -

SUG­AR­CANE grow­ers and millers in Moss­man and the en­tire Far North Queens­land re­gion have ac­cess to four new sug­ar­cane va­ri­eties that have now been ap­proved for re­lease for the re­gion.

Th­ese new va­ri­eties in­clude the brand-new va­ri­eties SRA6 and SRA7, as well as va­ri­eties that have been ap­proved in other re­gions but are now re­leased for FNQ, SRA1 and SRA3.

“The SRA breed­ing pro­gram is about de­liv­er­ing the best pos­si­ble va­ri­eties for each re­gion and th­ese are some of the va­ri­eties that have stood out among sev­eral thou­sand clones, years of tri­als, and fi­nal ap­proval by the lo­cal in­dus­try,” SRA Leader for Cross­ing and Se­lec­tion Dr Ge­orge Piperidis said.

“Th­ese va­ri­eties have been de­vel­oped to max­imise prof­itabil­ity for sug­ar­cane grow­ers and millers, strik­ing the right bal­ance be­tween tonnes of cane, su­gar con­tent, op­ti­mum re­sis­tance to dis­eases, and abil­ity to be pro­cessed within the mill.”

The new va­ri­eties have just been ap­proved for re­lease by the Far North Queens­land Va­ri­ety Ap­proval Com­mit­tee (VAC), which in­cludes ap­proval for the Moss­man area.

This com­mit­tee is made up of grow­ers, millers, and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and they de­ter­mine the va­ri­eties that they want re­leased in their re­gion.

“The FNQ VAC has iden­ti­fied th­ese va­ri­eties as hav­ing the great­est po­ten­tial for grower and miller prof­itabil­ity and ap­proved their re­lease,” Dr Piperidis said.

“Both SRA6 and SRA7 are lo­cally-bred North­ern va­ri­eties.

They have above-av­er­age tonnes of cane per hectare (TCH) and be­low-av­er­age su­gar con­tent (CCS), with their pro­duc­tiv­ity in tonnes of su­gar per hectare (TSH) bet­ter than the ma­jor com­mer­cial va­ri­eties grown in the Far North.”

Greg Shan­non from Tully Su­gar Lim­ited and SRA Plant Breeder Felic­ity Atkin dis­cussing new sug­ar­cane va­ri­eties for Far North Queens­land at SRA’s Meringa re­search sta­tion, south of Cairns

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