DISAPPOINTING QUALITY: Cane burns on Alan Lawrence’s property behind Eric Lyon’s caravan.
DISAPPOINTING QUALITY: Cane burns on Alan Lawrence’s property behind Eric Lyon’s caravan.

Growers look past the dry

FOR about 80 cane growers on the south side of the Clarence River, dry weather has caused a poor harvest this year.

Cane Farmer Eric Lyons said the weather was beautiful in the past weeks, which was perfect for lighting, but had caused a poor harvest this year.

He said he hoped for rain come replanting time.

"If you can order it, it would be all right," he said.

"But that's nature."

Cane farmer Alan Lawrence said he had just finished his first round of harvesting out of four.

"We are getting ready to rework the ground, whether it's replant cane or plant soy beans," he said.

"For me, I will replant the cane."

Mr Lawrence said although this year's harvest looked poor, his one-year-old crop looked good for the following season.

"I've been doing it for a long time, but the burning is still fairly spectacular to see," Mr Lawrence said.



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