The Link September 2020

This edition features several articles relevant to the planting season which has just commenced in many parts of the industry. Besides the regular features (Director's Message, Topical Tips, Weather) there is news about the Longhorn Beetle, recommendations on maintaining late-season cane quality and the importance of diversifying your sugarcane varieties.

FAS Report Guides

The Fertiliser Agricultural Laboratory offers soil, leaf, water sources and salinity status analyses for a diverse range of crops at a competitive rate. It is vital that the grower/client understands every detail in these reports as there is value in each test that FAS runs on samples. As a result, FAS has created user guides to assist with understanding each of the packages that are on offer.

Focus on Crop Nutrition

Nutrient deficiencies are one of the most common causes of poor plant growth, pest and disease susceptibility and inadequate crop yields. These deficiencies are often a result of poor or incorrect fertiliser application. To assist with understanding more about the various nutrients, we have revamped our Nutrition series of Information Sheets.

InfoPack Disc

The InfoPack disc that was previously published by SASRI on an annual basis has been discontinued. You will now be able to find all InfoPack content by selecting Knowledge Hub from the menu on this website.


This season, flowering has been particularly profuse, especially in varieties prone to flowering e.g. N23, N27, N42. Heavily flowered cane should not carried over to next season and these fields should be harvested before September. As a rule of thumb, fields with more that 20% stalks flowered should NOT be carried over. Determine the percentage of flowered stalks by infield inspection. Consult your Extension Specialist for advice if seedcane fields have flowered heavily.