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HCPSL Attends Hinchinbrook Find Your Future Expo!

This week HCPSL attended the Hinchinbrook Find Your Future Careers Expo. Staff spoke with students considering subject choices and future careers in and around agriculture. The team had some great questions from students on drone technology, the meaning of soil pH , and the many pathways to becoming an agronomist and finding a career in Read more…

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Hinchinbrook organisations collaborate to deliver Haul Out Training course

Together with the Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce Industry & Tourism, Farm Safe Queensland, QITE, Happy Days Training, Wilmar and HCPSL worked together to deliver the Cane Haul Out Operators course last week. The course covered various aspects of harvesting and cane haul out operations. Information delivered in the course included – Workplace Health and Safety, Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | HCPSL | Press Release | Variety Management

VARIETY UPDATE: Outcomes from the Herbert Variety Committee (RVC) meeting

HCPSL & SRA Joint PRESS RELEASE The Herbert Variety Committee meeting was held on the 5th of April 2023. The outcomes from the meeting are as follows: Governance of the RVC: The Herbert RVC have established governance procedures in which the meetings are run and managed. Governance procedures that need to be followed: SRA31- Distribution Read more…

Events | Fallow and Cover Crops | Soil Health

Soil to Food Conference, Atherton – 3rd & 4th June

Interest in soil health has been gathering momentum within the Wet Tropics farming community for the past decade. This event is an opportunity for farmers and the agricultural industry to connect with each other and share ideas and innovations that support healthy soil leading to healthy people and profits. Speakers include: Topics on the agenda Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

USING SOIL TESTING TO MATCH CROP NUTRITION REQUIREMENTS

With current fertiliser prices, it is essential, now more than ever, that your fertiliser blend and rate is matched to crop requirements. Taking a soil sample ensures you are not over or under applying specific crop nutrients. By taking a soil sample, a HCPSL agronomist can provide you with tailored nutrition advice, ensuring adequate crop Read more…

HCPSL | Project CaNE | Project Catalyst

Grower grants help improve nutrient runoff and water quality in the Herbert catchment

Grower Incentive Grants made it possible for Herbert growers to invest in new machinery by receiving financial support to better improve water quality associated with on-farm nitrogen management practice changes and the results in Nitrogen run-off are evident. Results from a trial in the Abergowrie area conducted by the Queensland Government, HCPSL, James Cook University Read more…

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POSTPONED: Herbert SRA Smut Workshop – this Friday!

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 Read more…

HCPSL | Press Release

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

HCPSL PRESS RELEASE 05/04/2023 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 Read more…

Events | Soil and Nutrient Management | Soil Health

HERBERT HOSTS CANE REGEN FORUM 2023

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 Read more…

Events | HCPSL

Wrapping up Herbert Walk & Talk 2023

Last week over 90 growers attended HCPSL’s annual Walk and Talk. Growers had the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding on a range of topics including – variety development & new varieties, mill mud & ash benefits, managing diseases, the soil biome, micronutrients, as well as reef & carbon credits. The HCPSL Team would like Read more…

Events | Variety Management

2023 Herbert Regional Variety Committee Meeting

Join Sugar Research Australia and engage with industry representatives of growers, millers, and productivity service organisations. Regional Variety Committees (RVCs) decide on the final stages of the breeding pipeline and whether a variety is released and to be grown commercially. When: 8.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 5 April 2023Where: Royal Hotel, 44/40-46 Lannercoast Street, Ingham For Read more…

HCPSL | Press Release

HCPSL Grower Board Election Results

PRESS RELEASE The votes have been counted for the 2023 HCPSL Grower Board elections. Four candidates contested the 2023 HCPSL Grower Board elections, to fill the 3 positions on the HCPSL Board. The results of the election are as follows: Gino Zatta-                  79 votes Michael Pisano-          72 votes Greg Erkkila-               66 votes Anthony Girgenti-       Read more…

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In memorial of “The Father of the Modern Sugarcane Farming System”.

Dr. Alan Garside “The Father of the Modern Sugarcane farming system” passed away on the 10th of March 2023, in Townsville. A service to celebrate Alan’s life was held at Morley’s funeral house Townsville on the 16th of March, with family, friends, and representatives from the Australian sugarcane industry in attendance. Alan led the Sugarcane Read more…

Project CaNE

Herbert Growers Provide Valuable On-Ground Feedback On Project Cane

Earlier this week, the Project CaNE Team met with project funders, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) – who visited Project CaNE growers across the Herbert to gain an on-ground understanding of the projects in the Lower Herbert Water Quality Program. The GBRF team, were interested to hear from Project CaNE growers who shared their Read more…

HCPSL | Pests and Diseases | Press Release

Senator Hon. James Mc Grath visits HCPSL

HCPSL PRESS RELEASE HCPSL received a visit by Queensland Senator the Hon. James McGrath last Thursday (2nd of March) to gain a better understanding of the sugarcane industry and activities undertaken by HCPSL. The Hon. Senator James McGrath was elected to the Senate for Queensland in 2013, re-elected in 2016 and 2022. The Senator is Read more…

HCPSL | Precision Agriculture

Spray Drones Added To Growers’ Management Toolkit

Recently, Rod Nielson from the HCPSL team captured these great photos of a spray drone in action! The spray drone was used in fallow at the HCPSL Stone River seed plot to target volunteer cane. The seed plot site received over 1000mm since the beginning of January, hence the HCPSL team have been unable to Read more…

Cultivate Farms Project | HCPSL | Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst Forum a hit with growers and industry

Last week, the Project Catalyst Forum was held in Cairns. Project Catalyst aims to support innovative growers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin, and Mackay Whitsundays regions. The project has a partnership with over 150 growers who are leading the way in cutting-edge management practices. After a 1 year hiatus, the Forum returned in 2023 with Read more…

Pesticides | Project CaNE | Project Catalyst

Herbert Growers Keen To Improve Their Knowledge Around Pesticide Use

On Wednesday, HCPSL’s Project CaNE team hosted a ‘Smarter Pesticide Use’ workshop. Over 80 growers from across the Herbert came along to learn and discuss pesticides available to industry and how to use them appropriately on their farms. Highlights from the day included presentations from Associate Professor Michael Warne (Director, Reef Catchments Science Partnership) on Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Events | HCPSL | Pests and Diseases | Precision Agriculture | Project CaNE | Project Catalyst | Soil and Nutrient Management | Soil Health | Tissue Culture | Variety Management

HCPSL Walk & Talk 2023!

HCPSL invites you to the 2023 Annual Walk & Talk! Date: Wednesday 15th March 2023 Commencing: 8am to 2pm Location: HCPSL & SRA Office, 181 Fairford Road Ingham Displays and Presentations will include: RSVP Friday 10th March: For catering purposes, please RVSP to HCPSL on (07) 4776 1808

Events | HCPSL | Soil Health

2023 Regen Cane Farming Forum comes to Ingham!

If you are a Cane Farmer or work in the industry then come along to this exciting event of networking and sharing of practical information. Learn from farmers who are innovating and making changes to their farming system as they share their experience in the paddock. The forum will include small group visits to 4 Read more…

Events | Pests and Diseases | Project CaNE

Project CaNE hosts SMARTER PESTICIDE USE WORKSHOP

Come along to hear from multiple presenters, on a variety of topics surrounding pesticide use. All growers welcome to attend. Wednesday 22nd February 2023 From 8:30am to 3pm Herbert River Crushers Clubhouse, Sportsman Parade, Ingham. For catering purposes, please RSVP by Friday 17th of February to the HCPSL Office on (07) 4776 1808. Project CaNE™ Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Pests and Diseases | Press Release | Variety Management

It’s time to test seed cane for planting again

Press release: Monday 30 January 2023 HCPSL will start seed cane inspections for growers tomorrow (Tuesday 31 January) for all Herbert growers. This year things will be done a little differently. HCPSL will be using three different methods of testing this season. SRA’s Molecular Plant Pathologist Dr Chuong Ngo and Translational Research Pathologist Dr Rob Read more…

HCPSL | Pests and Diseases

Grower’s and HCPSL highlight Herbert rat issue in recent ABC Rural article

Earlier this week, ABC Rural reported on rat damage currently occurring in the Herbert. To read the full article, visit the link below. Or for more information concerning the permit, please contact: Lawrence Di Bella – HCPSL Company Manager on 0448084252. ‘Millions’ of native rats invade North Queensland sugar cane fields, decimate crops

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Wrapping up 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, HCPSL reflects on some of the highlights from the year. With the support and backing of growers, Wilmar and the community, the HCPSL team is proud of the many triumphs made for the Herbert industry throughout 2022. Over 150 growers attended the HCPSL Walk & Talk 2022 19,250 tissue Read more…

Pests and Diseases

HCPSL Staff undertake Biosecurity Training

Prior to the conference staff from a number of the Productivity boards including HCPSL attended a biosecurity training workshop to become qualified Authorised Inspection Persons (AIP). The training covered the latest in biosecurity legislation and current regulations as well as the General Biosecurity Obligation held by all Queenslanders to ensure they do not spread a Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Pests and Diseases | Precision Agriculture | Soil and Nutrient Management | Tissue Culture | Variety Management

HCPSL hosts the 2022 Combined Productivity Services Group Conference

Last week, HCPSL and Burdekin Productivity Services (BPS) hosted productivity services groups from across the industry at the 2022 Combined Productivity Services Group Conference. Productivity groups from Mossman to Isis were in attendance. Over 60 industry agronomists and advisors visited the Herbert to explore news ideas, discuss issues, and share findings. Over 2 days the Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Press Release

Press Release: PERMIT GRANTED TO USE RATOFF® FROM HELICOPTER OR DRONE

HCPSL was notified by CANEGROWERS on the 1st of December 2022 that the Permit to Allow minor use of a registered Agvet Chemical Product for the control of Australian Native Ground rats in lodged sugarcane crops has been granted (permit number PER92695) on the 30/11/2022. The permit is valid for the period 30 November 2022- Read more…

Press Release | Variety Management

Press release: DEAD LEAVES IN SRA36 – NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN

In the past week you may have noticed dead leaves in your young SRA36 cane crops. Dr. Rob Magarey (SRA Pathologist), HCPSL Company Manager- Lawrence Di Bella, SRA plant breeding team members Dr. Fengduo Hu, Juan Briceno and Linda Di Maggio spent Wednesday the 16th of November in the field inspecting blocks of SRA36 across Read more…

Project CaNE | Project Catalyst | Soil and Nutrient Management

Understanding Mill Mud: Sugar Impurity to Soil Ameliorant

As part of the recent focus on mill by-products, HCPSL Project CaNE and Project Catalyst staff toured Victoria Mill to develop a stronger understanding of the mill’s operation and generation of mill by-products. The tour covered the entire process of sugar extraction, highlighting various processes that impact on the quantity and composition of mill mud. Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Press Release

Press Release: PERMIT GRANTED TO CULL NATIVE RATS

HCPSL has been granted a Damage Mitigation Permit (permit number WA0047339) on the 11/11/2022, for the culling of rats in Herbert sugarcane fields from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES). Under the permit Herbert River canefarmers will be permitted to cull the Grassland melomys (Melomys burtoni) and Cane rat (Rattus sordidus) found in Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Keeping Mud in Mind

Following the informative Mill By-product Analysis presentation in July of last year, the Project CaNE team recently held a Mill By-product infield demonstration with Agro Group showcasing the latest technology and methods for applying mill-by products. Extension Agronomist Graeme Holzberger shared how the workshop was a valuable opportunity for growers to see first-hand how the Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Are you considering applying mill by-products?

Jeff Cantamessa is investigating mill by-products under Project CaNE’s ‘Clear As Mud’ Program. ‘Clear As Mud’ demonstrations aim to gain insight into how new application methods can improve profitability and productivity for growers, as well as improve water quality outcomes in the local area. Want to know more? Contact HCPSL on (07) 4776 1808 to Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Press Release

HCPSL Board members and Company Manager head south to investigate new technologies.

Last week HCPSL Board members Gino Zatta and Greg Erkilla and HCPSL Company Manager Lawrence Di Bella visited research facilities, machinery manufacturers and other industries to investigate new technologies and equipment that could be used by HCPSL and the Herbert cane industry. The group ventured in cotton and grain country visiting HCPSL Extension Officer- Ellie Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Pests and Diseases | Press Release | Variety Management

JCU Student, Ethan Waters Receives awards for his innovative work into RSD detection.

Congratulations to Ethan Waters the winner of 2022 C.N. Barton Medal for best JCU engineering thesis seminar. He received the award on Thursday evening of the 27th of October at JCU. Additionally, Ethan was the runner-up for the Engineers Australia | Institute of Engineering Technology Student Seminar Competition QLD Finals for Software, Electrical & Electronic Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Project CaNE

Shed Meetings October 2022: Rat Management

Recently, HCPSL held a series of Shed Meetings across the district. Due to the number of rats and significant crop damage across the Herbert, rat management was a key focus of these meetings. The HCPSL team discussed developing an Integrated Rat Monitoring Approach to effectively manage the pest in the Herbert. Additionally, Aaron Davis from Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Press Release

Press Release: IT’S TIME TO RAT BAIT YOUR CANE CROPS BEFORE THEY ARE GONE!

High numbers of rats and significant crop damage has been observed across the Herbert cane growing region in the past few weeks. Large areas of devastated cane have been observed in the Abergowrie area, with rat damage now starting to occur across the district. Because of the large crop to harvest this year and the Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Press Release | Variety Management

Press Release: Closure of HCPSL Approved Clean Seed plots-2022.

HCPSL still has some cane varieties available from the HCPSL Approved Clean Seed Stone River and Macknade farms. If you wish to obtain cane from these plots, please contact: Jason Caruso- 0417 622 129 for cane from the Stone River plot. Tony Mc Clintock- 0447 304 963 for cane from the Macknade plot. The Ingham Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE investigates sub-surface applications of mill mud

As part of Project CaNE’s ‘Clear As Mud’ Demonstration Program, growers across the Herbert have had the opportunity to assess various mill mud application rates and methods on their farms. At one of the sites, the project team is investigating the sub-surface application of mill mud. Sub-surface applications can provide benefits to the grower, as Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE Team begins harvesting Demonstration sites

During August, the Project CaNE team began to harvest Demonstration sites. HCPSL staff member, Bailey Kilpatrick captured these photos whist assisting the harvester crew at one of the various demos sites across the Herbert. The team looks forward to sharing results and findings from these demonstrations with growers in the future. This demonstration site is Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Project CaNE | Project Catalyst

EM Mapping – Getting the most out of your map

Last month, the HCPSL Project Catalyst & Project Cane teams hosted two EM Mapping workshops. The workshops aimed at ‘Getting the most out of Your Map’ by providing growers with a better understanding for the EM data collection, map interpretation and how they can utilise maps effectively with guidance from their agronomic advisor. Growers enjoyed Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Soil and Nutrient Management

CRC Soil conference in Adelaide – HCPSL getting action on the ground.

The Soil CRC (for High Performance Soils) was established in 2017 to give farmers the knowledge and tools they need to make decisions on extremely complex soil management issues. It bridges the gap between soil science and farm management, ensuring that soil performance is increased not just in the short term, but in the long Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Key Take Away Messages – Project CaNE Back to Basics Virtual Series

To conclude Project CaNE’s Back to Basics Virtual series, the team has put together some key take away messages from each of the episodes. By creating these videos the Project CaNE team hope growers across the Herbert can access information in an easy-to-understand, convenient format. HCPSL aims to continually improve and adapt the way we Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 8: The Nitrogen Cycle

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 8: The Nitrogen Cycle In the final episode of the Back to Basics series, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Ellie McVeigh explains the Nitrogen Cycle. Throughout the video, the various stages and forms of nitrogen are discussed. Ellie highlights what processes must occur for nitrogen to be available to your sugarcane Read more…

Project CaNE

A Different Perspective on the River: Herbert River Info Session

You’re invited to come and see what the Herbert river looks like and how it changes as it passes through the various parts of the landscape. We’ll be showing drone video and photography from the last five years, from the headwaters to the mouth, and sharing experiences and perspectives of changes in the river and Read more…

Soil and Nutrient Management

DISHING THE DIRT ON MICROBES

HCPSL staff (Company Manager Lawrence Di Bella & Project Catalyst team member Bethany Donker) recently attended a Terrain workshop on ‘Activating your Soil Microbiome’ with Dr. Christine Jones. Dr. Jones is a highly respected ground cover and soil ecologist with global knowledge and experience in supporting landholders to understand soil health, biodiversity, carbon emissions, and Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Variety Management

PRESS RELEASE: It’s time to plant your Approved Seed Cane!

Research undertaken by HCPSL, and SRA clearly shows that growers who use Approved Clean Seed from HCPSL grow on average 11 tonnes of cane per hectare more cane than those who don’t use clean cane. Using Approved Clean Seed is an easy way to increase farm productivity.   This year HCPSL has billet harvesters in Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics: Episode 7 – What is Gypsum?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 7: What is gypsum? In this week’s Back to Basics video, HCPSL Extension Agronomist, Adam Royle covers ‘What is Gypsum?’. Following on from last week’s episode, he explains the difference between gypsum and other ameliorants. Adam also discusses how gypsum works to ameliorate sodic soils. As always, if you Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics: Episode 6 – What are soil ameliorants?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 6: What are soil ameliorants? This week Adam Royle, HCPSL Extension Agronomist, talks about soil ameliorants. He explains what ameliorant options are available and how they differ. Throughout this episode, Adam discusses lime, gypsum, and mill-by products as common forms of ameliorants in the Herbert. Adam touches on some Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Precision Agriculture | Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: JCU student is working with HCPSL to try identifying RSD using satellite technology

Ethan’s Story: My name is Ethan Waters, I am in my 4th year for a double bachelor’s in electrical engineering and data science. I am currently conducting my honours thesis with the goal of detecting RSD with the satellite sentinel-2. I am in the process of developing a free prototype program that will inform farmers Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics: Episode 5 – How to do a pH test in the field

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 5: How to do a pH test in the field Following on from last week’s episode, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Adam Royle demonstrates how to conduct a soil pH test in the field. Adam highlights situations that it may be useful to conduct your own field pH test. Make sure Read more…

Soil and Nutrient Management

Soil Microbiome Workshop with Dr. Christine Jones

Activating your soil microbiome workshop, with Dr Christine Jones About this event Join Dr Christine Jones as she explains the impacts of inorganic NPK on the soil microbiome and discusses the actions farmers can take to reduce their reliance on expensive inputs – while still achieving the productivity and profitability outcomes they are seeking. You’ll Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 4: What is soil pH?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 4: What is pH? In this week’s Back to Basics video, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Adam Royle chats about soil pH. Throughout the video Adam unpacks what causes low soil pH, why a low pH is problematic to crop growth and how to improve your soil pH. On a few Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 3: What is soil CEC? And why is it important?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 3: What is soil CEC, and why is it important? In this episode, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Adam Royle explains Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC). He discusses the importance of being aware of your soils CEC, and what factors determine the CEC. Finally, Adam explains how CEC levels impact your lime Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Press Release | Project Catalyst

Press release: Keep an eye out for Rats

Rat numbers are on the increase across the Herbert cane growing region. Growers are urged to monitor crops for rat infestations over the next few months and take the necessary action to manage this pest before significant crop damage occurs. Lodged and open crops, since the recent rains have allowed for weeds to emerge within Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 2: What is Soil Texture?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 2: What is Soil Texture? In this video, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Ellie McVeigh discusses soil texture. Ellie provides a basic overview of soil texture, and how texture impacts nutrient & water holding capacity. Finally, the video covers how to conduct a ‘Ribbon Test’ in the field. Links to the Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: HCPSL Warren’s Hill GPS Base Station is operational

PRESS RELEASE HCPSL Warrens Hill GPS base station is operational. Recently HCPSL has made a significant investment, with the installation of a new GPS base station to its community network. The new base station will operate on frequency 466.1000. Like all HCPSL base stations in its network, it has been surveyed in for transferability between Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 1: Soils of the Herbert with Dr. Andrew Wood

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 1: Soils of the Herbert with Dr. Andrew Wood Dr. Andrew Wood has been involved in the Australian Sugar Industry since the early 1980’s, working for CSR in the Herbert district. Andrew initiated a detailed soil mapping and analysis program, eventually covering over 50 000ha of the Herbert. Additionally, Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE launches Back to Basics Virtual Series

Over the past few years, HCPSL has offered various Back to Basics Workshops to Herbert Growers. This year, as part of Project CaNE, the team has created a Back to Basics Virtual series. The Back to Basics Virtual series will cover a range of topics, focusing on soil properties, nutrition, and ameliorants. Each topic will Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Press Release

Press Release: Theft of cane from Approved Seed Plot

Last week cane was stolen from one of the HCPSL Approved Seed plots. The variety stolen was SRA36. If you have any information pertaining to the theft it can be reported confidentially to the HCPSL Manager by phoning 0448 084 252 or emailing ldibella@hcpsl.com.au HCPSL has cameras located at some of its Approved Seed plots Read more…

Pests and Diseases

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WEED? IPOMOEA TUBEROSA

Weeds on the HCPSL watch list: Have you seen this weed? Ipomoea tuberosa has been recently located in the Abergowrie area. About the plant Merremia tuberosa is a climbing vine that is native to Mexico and parts of central America that has become invasive on various Pacific islands and parts of the United States. The vine Read more…

Tissue Culture | Variety Management

Tissue Culture Plants Dispatched to Growers

Almost 16,000 tissue culture sugarcane plants were received by Herbert growers from HCPSL last week. HCPSL will have ordered over 30,000 tissue cultured plants this year. The next shipment of plants will arrive from the nursery around September this year. This year growers have ordered new varieties like SRA 26, SRA28, SRA31 and SRA36 and Read more…

Project CaNE

Project CaNE Electronic Record Keeping Tool and Fertiliser Rate & Price Comparison Tool

This year along with a CaNE Plan, Project CaNE growers will have the opportunity to utilise both an Electronic Record Keeping Tool and a Fertiliser Rate & Price Comparison Tool.   The project team hope that by providing an electronic alternative to traditional record keeping, it will allow for convenient, digital recording of applications for Read more…

Cultivate Farms Project

CULTIVATE FARMS – Cultivator Investment Ready Program

Our friends at Cultivate Farms are changing the game for farmers ready to realise their farm ownership dreams.  Now open for applications, the Cultivator Investment ready program gets farmers ownership and farm investment-ready. Participants will be resourced and coached to produce a farm pitch, with a financial modelling, a three-minute summary pitch video and the Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Pests and Diseases | Variety Management

SEED INSPECTIONS: Call to arrange your seed inspection now

Think about getting your seed inspections done now and which blocks you may use this year. Inspection of grower seed blocks for planting by HCPSL has commenced again this year. Once again, HCPSL will be using the new qPCR method to check cane for RSD. The qPCR method uses DNA diagnostic technology to diagnose the Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Project CaNE | Project Catalyst | Soil and Nutrient Management | Variety Management

HCPSL Walk & Talk 2022

On the 9th of March, HCPSL held the annual Walk & Talk Day for 2022. Over 120 growers from across the Herbert district attended the event. Growers had the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding on a range of topics including – fallow crops, new varieties, tissue culture, chemicals, and harvester management. The HCPSL Team Read more…

Press Release

Extension Agronomist Position here at HCPSL

Reports to: The HCPSL Manager, with guidance from the HCPSL Technical Services Team Leader.Position Purpose• The Extension Agronomist delivers training and extension to sugarcane farmers in the Herbert area.• Training and extension delivery focus will be on sugarcane farming systems, crop nutrition, crop agronomy, pest and disease management, farming practices and improvements that address farm Read more…

Cultivate Farms Project

Cultivate Farms Pitching Event – Queensland

Meet the best Queensland farmers pitching their farm enterprise to investors Date & Time Online event. Thursday 3rd March 2022 9am to 12noon AEST About this event This event is for Queensland farm investors, regional community champions, aspiring farmers and retiring farmers. Hear from aspiring Queensland farmers (recent Cultivator graduates). Each farmer has their farming enterprise ready Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

The Project CaNE Team brings soil properties Back to Basics.

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 Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Project Catalyst | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project Catalyst: Grower Support Program now OPEN for 2022!

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 Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Press Release

Press Release – Feral Pig Funding

  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 Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE™ 2022 Expressions of Interest now OPEN!

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 Read more…

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Find out more about our services

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 Read more…

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HCPSL Newsletters

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.

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