Crushing blow as wet weather causes cane delay

FRASER Coast cane growers must wait to begin the 2013 crush because of rain that recently fell in the region.

Maryborough Sugar Factory general manager Stewart Norton said downpours in the past week had been substantial enough to delay the harvest.

"At the earliest now it will be Thursday and that will depend on whether we get rain today or tomorrow," Mr Norton said.

"It was due to begin tomorrow but it's just too wet."

Rain delays the crush because harvesting machinery is unable to be used on sodden soils.

Mr Norton said all growers and associated businesses were "very, very keen" to get the 2013 crush under way.

Just last week, the Chronicle broke the news that last summer's weather events were expected to reduce the harvest by about 100,000 tonnes when compared with that of last year.

Maryborough Canegrowers chairman Trevor Turner said at the time that the tonnage represented a $10 million loss for the region.



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