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Yellow canopy syndrome in Mackay sugar crop

JOIN DISCUSSION: Sugar Research Australia will help farmers understand the Yellow Canopy Syndrome situation at its meeting.
JOIN DISCUSSION: Sugar Research Australia will help farmers understand the Yellow Canopy Syndrome situation at its meeting. Contributed

SUGAR Research Australia Limited has confirmed the presence of Yellow Canopy Syndrome, an undiagnosed condition affecting sugarcane crops, in the Mackay region.

SRA's Dr Andrew Ward said recent field monitoring activities discovered YCS-like symptoms in the Farleigh district.

"Based upon our knowledge of YCS and anecdotal information received from local productivity service groups, our researchers agreed that what we were looking at was YCS," Dr Ward said.

"We understand that this news may be of concern to local growers, as YCS is a significant issue at the forefront for our industry in the other affected regions - the Burdekin, Herbert, Tully, Mulgrave and Mossman."

Sugar Research Australia Limited seeks to solve the YCS puzzle and, in conjunction with Mackay Area Productivity Services, invited the central region sugarcane industry to attend an information session to learn more about the condition and how SRA's research is progressing.

"At a recent meeting with the industry stakeholder group - which was appointed as part of the Solving the Yellow Canopy Syndrome Research Project - we agreed that it was timely to bring everyone involved in the local sugarcane industry up to speed," Dr Ward said.

He said the information session would also offer participants the chance to have their questions answered directly by the SRA research team.

"So, if anyone still has an unanswered question or concern after the presentations, they can raise it then and there," he said.

Dr Ward added the information session would also discuss what researchers had learnt from last season - and how this could be applied to managing crops this season.

The session is on Monday, February 17 from 1.30pm at the Farleigh Tavern.

Topics:  biosecurity sugar