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Rain Dampens Queensland Sugar Harvest

08 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – Persistent rainfall in northern parts of the Australian state Queensland is reportedly causing major disruption to the area's sugar cane harvest.

According to ABC News, cane processing mills have been shutting down operations and a large proportion of the state's farmers have been unable to begin planting next season's crop.

Jeff Morely, a cane grower from the Herbert region, north of Townsville, told the news provider that heavy rain over the past few days had made progress particularly difficult to achieve.

"It's been like a nightmare actually. It just hasn't let up since the first week of July. We haven't planted a stick yet," he said.

Meanwhile, the state's government has urged local barley growers to scout their crops for signs of rust, warning that they could face the risk of serious yield losses.

Greg Platz, principal plant pathologist at Agri-science Queensland, told ABC News that most of the commercial varieties planted this year were vulnerable to rust.
 

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