Proserpine grower Lindsay Altmann said the Variety Guide is helping making decisions around choosing which sugarcane variety to plant.
Proserpine grower Lindsay Altmann said the Variety Guide is helping making decisions around choosing which sugarcane variety to plant.

New guide for growers in selecting cane types

PROSERPINE sugarcane growers and millers will have detailed information on sugarcane varieties at their fingertips with the release of Sugar Research Australia's new hard-copy publication for the region.

Mackay, Proserpine and Sarina sugarcane growers and millers have been posted the 2017/18 Variety Guide for Central to provide information for growers to help them select the best sugarcane varieties to plant.

The central guide has been produced alongside five other regional guides: southern, NSW, Burdekin, Herbert and northern.

Proserpine grower Lindsay Altmann said choosing a variety was a crucial foundation of profitable and sustainable sugarcane farming, and growers were always looking for more information on variety performance.

"The information provided in the variety guide is useful in helping to make decisions for planting,” Mr Altmann said.

"Growers need to weigh up a range of factors such as yield and disease tolerance.

"The guide helps with that information.”

In the central region, the guide provides information on recently released varieties including SRA9, Q250 and Q252.

Sugar Research Australia adoption officer for varieties Tracy Hay said the purpose of the guides was to provide information from variety assessment trials, including valuable data on tonnes, sugar content, disease ratings and a range of other attributes.

"Plant breeding is the single largest investment area that SRA makes on behalf of the industry, to produce new sugarcane varieties that enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of growers and millers,” MsHay said.

"A key question for growers and millers is 'how might this variety perform in my region and in my conditions?'

"The SRA variety guides answer that question with the best available trial data and agronomic information.

"Our aim is to give growers and millers information in a relatable way that helps make the process of variety selection easier.”

The guides can be viewed on the SRA's website.