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Valley sugarcane farmers stoked with Marcia's downpour

CLARENCE Valley sugarcane farmers not only dodged a wet-weather bullet as Cyclone Marcia slowed down, but received just the right amount of rain to complement great growing conditions.

Lawrence sugarcane farmer Bruce Green said Cyclone Marcia was the icing on the cake to a good season.

"We were commenting how good things were looking and the Cyclone Marcia popped up," Mr Green said.

"We thought, here we go."

However the cyclone died down just enough to deliver rain and not do damage.

"The cyclone did the fields great, just what the doctor ordered," Mr Green said.

"We missed a lot of rain in Lawrence earlier in the year while 5kms either side was getting rain.

"I got five inches over a month, but Tullymorgan Rd got 16 inches."

Mr Green said all they needed now was a fortnight of fine weather to help the tonnage at harvest time.

Clarence River Cane Growers Association president Ross Farlow said most of the water got away before the river came up too much to do damage.

"The rain hasn't affected us greatly, it has stopped just in time," Mr Farlow said.

"We just need some sunshine now."

Mr Farlow said they finished planting in November and were in the middle of the growing season, which meant there was only maintenance work to do.

"Sugar cane is a tropical plant so we always need rainfall. Now need sunshine and we will be right."

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