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Christmas Holiday Availability

Posted by Sandra Coco

From the team here at The Herbert Cane Productivity Services we would like to wish the growers of The Herbert Region a “Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year for 2022”!

Over the Holiday Period (29th – 31st December) it would be advisable to call ahead to ensure one of the HCPSL Staff is in the office to attend your enquiry – 47761808/47765660

The Project CaNE Team brings soil properties Back to Basics.

Posted by Ellie McVeigh

Last week, Project CaNE and Dr Andrew Wood delivered a series of 3 workshops across the district. The workshops covered key soil properties including – soil texture, soil CEC, pH, liming, Organic Carbon and Nitrogen. The aim of these interactive workshops was to give growers a practical understanding of how these properties influenced their fertiliser management, soil ameliorants and the overall management of soils on their farm. The topics sparked some insightful and useful conversations amongst growers, Andrew and HCPSL Extension Agronomists.

Thank you to all who attended Project CaNE’s last round of workshops for the year! If you were unable to attend, keep an eye out in 2022 for upcoming workshops and grower groups.

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Project CaNE™ is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Project Catalyst: Grower Support Program now OPEN for 2022!

Posted by Bethany Donker

Herbert growers are invited to express their interest in Project Catalyst’s Practice Change and Grower Support Program in 2022.

This program offers growers a chance to be involved with innovative practices, agronomic advice, demonstration trials and grower information sessions. Participating growers will receive agronomic support to evaluate their current farming system and identify and adopt two farming practice changes.

As part of the program eligible growers will receive, free of charge, a full-scale nutrient management plan. They will also have access to a number of tools, services and opportunities over the course of the program.

Growers interested in participating should contact HCPSL on 47761808, Megan Zahmel 0447 317 102 or Bethany Donker 0490 077 176

Press Release – Feral Pig Funding

Posted by Sandra Coco
  PRESS RELEASE.     Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark Furner
More funding to fight feral pests
Local governments and Landcare groups across Queensland will receive grants totalling almost $1 million to support projects that reduce the impact of invasive plants and animals. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said under Round 6 of the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative (QFPI), $964,888 will be invested in the fight against feral pigs, local government capacity building, invasive ants, weeds such as Cats Claw Creeper, and preventing the further spread of some established species such as cane toads.

Successful applicants include:
Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
Brisbane City Council
Burdekin Shire Council
South Burnett Regional Council
Terrain NRM Torres Shire Council
Gympie Regional Council.

“Through this initiative the Palaszczuk Government has now committed more than $25 million over five years to support the construction of cluster fencing and the control of invasive plants and animals,” Mr Furner said. “This funding is complemented by a $14 million investment from the Federal Government. “As with previous rounds, these grants help reduce the impact of feral pests and support more jobs in the regions as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.”
Media contact:          Ron Goodman            0427 781 920
The State of Queensland
(Department of the Premier and Cabinet)


Posted by Ellie McVeigh
Clear As Mud Mill By-Product Demo

As part of the Clear As Mud™ Program, HCPSL and Project CaNE™ invite you to



9:30am – EXELBY FARM SITE, STONE RIVER (Stone River Road & Quagliotto’s Road, 35km from Trebonne)

1:30pm – CANTAMESSA FARM SITE, TARA/SEYMOUR (Quabba’s Road, end of road near forest area)

Opportunity to learn more about Project CaNE’s Clear As Mud Program and Mill By-Product Demonstration Sites with short presentations from Peter Larsen (Wilmar) and Jarrod Sartor (HCPSL). Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Friday 26th November to HCPSL on (07) 4776 1808

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Project CaNE™ is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Project CaNE™ 2022 Expressions of Interest now OPEN!

Posted by Ellie McVeigh

Project CaNE™ is offering growers the opportunity to develop a whole farm nutrient CaNE Plan™. Based on Six Easy Steps, CaNE Plan™ is an easy to use, paper-based nutrient management and record keeping tool that is reef regulation compliant and can be used towards BMP accreditation.

Free to eligible growers, Project CaNE™ agronomists are looking for growers who are yet to develop a nutrient management plan.

Growers interested in a CaNE Plan™ should contact HCPSL on 47761808 or email Project CaNE™ Team Leader, Adam Royle

For further information visit the Project CaNE Page.

Project Cane Team

Hot Water Treatment

Posted by Rusty

Watch our latest video to find out all you need to know about the HCPSL Hot Water Treatment Tanks.

HCPSL Projects

Posted by Rusty

Our past and current project pages detail a range of works, research and other projects underway throughout the region in conjunction with some of Australia’s leading agricultural agencies. If you find a project that you’re interested in, please contact the HCPSL team – visit our team page for more information.

Find out more about our services

Posted by Rusty

Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited (HCPSL) is a not-for-profit organization established to provide agricultural technical services and support to the Herbert Sugarcane industry. The key focus of the company is to drive productivity and sustainability outcomes for the local industry. Use the menu above to navigate through our services and get in touch for more information.

HCPSL Newsletters

Posted by Rusty

Have you missed an edition of the HCPSL newsletter? With the upgrade of our website, all future HCPSL Newsletters will now be archived online. To view the latest newsletter or visit the archive, simply visit our Newsletter page via the main menu, under NEWS & REPORTS at the top of the page.