SRA gives details on new sugar va­ri­eties for Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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