New cane varieties for FNQ growers and millers
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