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Cane Harvesting Delayed By Rains

27 August 2010

AUSTRALIA – Sugar cane harvesting in Australia, the world's third-largest exporter of the commodity, is being delayed by rainfall, according to one producers' group, raising concerns that the national output could be reduced.

"If we continue to get wet weather you start to worry about damage to fields, or leaving cane in the fields, so people are starting to get edgy about the crop," Ian Ballantyne, chief executive of Canegrowers told Bloomberg.

The group has estimated that the harvest is currently just 40 per cent complete, compared with approximately 50 per cent of fields that had been cut by this time last year.

Mr Ballantyne suggested that farmers were currently around two or three weeks behind schedule, adding that one more week of rain could potentially cause serious issues.

Earlier this week, crop farmers in the Australian state of Victoria were told by the Department of Primary Industries that rainfall may not reduce the number of locusts hatching in northern regions this spring.

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