It has been a busy couple of weeks, lots going on farm wise as well as attending the Nuffield spring tour held in Toowoomba this past weekend, in fact I have'nt made it home yet Iam in Townsville 150k's from home.I had the great privelage of representing my sponsor Sugar Research and Development Corporation to present the Nuffield Scholarship for the Sugarcae Industry for 2013, and it was awarded to a well deserving farmer from Oakenden near Mackay Joe Muscat.It was a great opportunitty to catch up with the guys from my year and watch them present there study findings, I will be presenting next September as I could not tour due to the Cane Harvest this year.I can not believe that we have not seen each other for almost a year , it seemed like it was only yesterday,even our old mate from Canada Crosby Devitt made the trip.
It was a bit of a juggling act to get to the Nuffield tour as this s the busiest time for us on the farm,as well as Harvesting this years crop, we have applied some liquid fertiliser on the plant cane in he form of Liquid One Shot ( a by product of producing ethanol from molasses). Then we did a light zonal cultivation to incorporate it and also get rid of the new weeds that have emerged. Irrigation of ratoons has also commeneced,this is the first irrigation since harvet in July!this fact really highlights the combined benefits of the farming system that we have adopted, the soil because of our management now has the capacity to retain much more moisture.That is an important fact because water is our highest imput cost and obviously an important resource.
I will end today with a quote from my mate Ray Vella.
"Live life like you will die tommorrow but farm like you will farm forever"