Archive for April, 2023

Grain harvesting commences in the Herbert

Posted by Ellie McVeigh

It is a strange sight to see a grain header operating in cane country in the Herbert district.  Gino and Remo Zatta commenced harvesting soybean crops this week in the Bambaroo area. The soybean crop was grown over the cane fallow period and the block will be planted back to sugarcane within the next few weeks. Rotational crops and fallow cover crops are becoming the norm as apart of the sugarcane farming system.

If you’re looking at growing rotational crops and you need some assistance in the Herbert, please contact DAF and HCPSL staff.

POSTPONED: Herbert SRA Smut Workshop – this Friday!

Posted by Ellie McVeigh

SRA apologise for the postponement – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the below workshop is postponed.

Sugar Research Australia is hosting a Smut Workshop this Friday! Come along to gain a better understanding of the disease and the importance of an integrated disease management program.

Date: Friday 28th April 2023 (This Friday)

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm

Where: SRA/HCPSL Station, 181 Fairford Road Ingham

Wilmar Data Consent Change to Opt In – Notice and Information Sheet

Posted by Ellie McVeigh



Dear Herbert canefarmers,

HCPSL is seeking access to grower farm data at allow our company to provide services to your business now and into the future. Below is a Wilmar information sheet, why data consent is being sought and the management of your data in relation to privacy and confidentiality.

Please take the time to read through the Wilmar document. Each grower will be required to actively Opt In to provide HCPSL data.

What are some of the activities that HCPSL uses grower data for?

The Opt In is voluntary and at any time you can Opt Out if you wish to do so.

HCPSL takes data management seriously, to ensure that your confidentiality and privacy is not compromised in anyway. HCPSL is required to manage your data appropriately under the Privacy Act (1998) and has its own systems in place to protect your data.

Please follow the directions provided on the Wilmar information sheet on how to actively Opt In to provide HCPSL and other industry providers your consent to access your farm data and maps.

If you are not sure how to actively Opt In via the Wilmar website, HCPSL administration staff will be able to assist you by coming into the HCPSL office between 7am-3pm Monday to Friday. Remember you will need to bring with you your username and password to the Wilmar website, so that the HCPSL staff can assist you navigate the website to allow you to actively Opt In.

If you have any further questions pertaining to HCPSL accessing your data or data protection, please contact:

Lawrence Di Bella

HCPSL Company Manager on:

Mobile- 0448084252

Office- 47761808



Posted by Ellie McVeigh

Earlier this week, the annual Regenerative Cane Farming Forum was held in Ingham. The forum attracted over 85 growers, from various districts, from the Far North to the Burdekin. The event had a practical focus, allowing forum attendees to learn and gain knowledge from farmers who have successfully changed their farming system.

As always, grower innovation was also a key theme throughout the forum. Attendees had the opportunity to visit farms and see cover crops, controlled traffic, permanent beds, soil health, compost and new machinery in action.

The forum was greatly beneficial for both growers and industry professionals. The event allowed attendees to build on existing knowledge, share ideas, discuss limitations and connect with other like-minded growers.

Thank you to the forum organisers, Soil Land and Food and the Regen Cane Network, who put together a valuable event for cane farmers in the Herbert and throughout North Queensland.