Cane farmers in north Queensland say they will have to wait a few more weeks before they can start replanting crops after recent heavy rain.
Canegrowers Association chairman, Alf Cristaudo, says steady rain in the Herbert and Burdekin since tropical cyclone Ului is preventing an early planting season.
But he says the rain should provide confidence to the sugar industry, after what is expected to be a bumper season from the current crops.
“We’re trying to recover a bit from the 2009 crop, which was down in tonnage,” he said.
“So while we were in the growth period over the hotter months, it would be good to get some more rain and hopefully enhance our growth prospect.”