EL ARISH Cane Growing – 1928

Here (El Arish) the growers are returned soldiers; they produce some 30,000 tons of cane annually. The bulk of the harvested cane is sent to nearby rail road stations, whence it is tully cane growers from small to big wagons and railed to the Tully for milling. The prevailing rainless weather has enabled the harvesting and cultural operations to proceed without interruption. Badilla is mainly grown. H.Q.426 and an easier quantity of other kinds was noted. Some cane stubbles have produced too long. Lack of money to clear the fields of its encumbrances so as to permit the use of the plough has been the major reason for this. More land is being brought under the ‘plough ‘annually. In some instances the cost of production and work of the back breaking type could be minimised by drawing the scattered field-logs together, or, better still, right off it, thus permitting the judicious and timely use of light interspace implements. Obviously much depends on proper plant selection. Farmers should exercise the greatest ot care when selecting their seed. There is overmuch leaf scald in the area. H.Q. 42C is seriously troubled with this, and Badilla is to a lesser degree. Two stools of brown rot were located; bananas, like cane, are also affected with this complaint when grown adjacent to certain kinds of stumps in new scrub land. Weevil borer damage was bad in parts. Larvae of the big top moth borer were noted. Rat injury was more severe along creeks. Lime — a small quantity of burnt coral has been used, the result will be watched with interest.

1928 ‘EL ARISH.’, Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 – 1954), 10 November, p. 9, viewed 16 November, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61053449.