Growers look for sunshine
CANE growers are watching the skies and hoping the clouds clear away and sunny weather smiles down on their crops.
Bundaberg Canegrowers chairman Allan Dingle said many growers were still cleaning up the flood damage on their farms.
But the wet weather had hampered autumn planting for next season's crop.
"People are probably looking to plant, but it's starting to get a bit late," Mr Dingle said.
He said the inability to plant in autumn could have a bearing on the size of the next crush.
"But if that same amount of land is planted in spring it won't make much difference," he said.
Mr Dingle said growers had finished their fertilising months ago, and most were just doing maintenance work now.
"There's probably not a real lot of work you can do now," he said.
But Mr Dingle said growers would like to see more of the sun now.
"We've been having a lot of cloudy days, and it is restricting the cane's growth," he said.
Mr Dingle said the waterlogged fields were starting to stress the cane, and sun was needed to improve the ccs levels.
The harvest is expected to start about mid June, but Mr Dingle said that still had to be determined.
However, he expected the floods to have an effect on the harvest.
"I think it will be a fair bit down on last year," Mr Dingle said.
"It's been too wet, and there has been a lot of damage done by the flood."
Growers could get their wish for their farms to dry out with weather site weatherzone predicting mostly sunny days into early next week.
So far this month the Bundaberg region has received 174.6mm of rain, well above the long-term March average of 114mm.
Maximum temperatures over the next few days will be 29 or 30 degrees.
Minimums should fall to 20 or 21 degrees into next week.