SRA gives details on new sugar varieties for Mossman
SUGAR Research Australia (SRA) has just released new hard-copy publications that provide detailed information for Mossman growers and millers on sugarcane varieties that they may wish to plant on their properties.
The 2016 variety guides contain specific local information that is applicable to the needs of all sugarcane regions in Australia.
The Mossman version has specific information for local growers, including varieties that have recently been approved specifically for this region: SRA1, SRA3, SRA6, and SRA7.
SRA adoption officer Roderick Fletcher said the purpose of the guides was to provide growers and millers with detailed information about sugarcane varieties, to help them make the decisions about what varieties may suit their conditions and other requirements.
“Breeding new sugarcane varieties is the single largest focus area that SRA invests in for growers and millers,” Mr Fletcher said.
“These guides provide useful information on agronomic considerations when selecting new varieties to plant and trial. The information comes from the best available data of regional variety performance and disease ratings.
“When growers are looking at new varieties, a key question they want information about is how it will perform on their farm.
“How much sugar might these varieties produce? Are they resistant to diseases? Are they suited to my soils?
“These are all topics that the guides provide more information about.”
Far North Queensland sugarcane grower Len Parisi said he was a keen reader of all published information on varieties so that he could make informed decisions about what varieties to plant.