Protecting Our Chemicals for the Future: Grower Information Breakfast

When: Thursday 20th April 2017
Start time: 7 am breakfast for 7.45 am start
End time: 11 am
Where: SRA Station, Bruce Highway, Meringa
RSVP: Belinda Billing on 0475 954 437 or email OR Andrea Bryan on 0408 986 252 or email


Next Gen Meeting – Bundaberg


When:  Tuesday 7th Feb, 2017
Who:    Everyone who is interested is welcome!
Time:    4:00pm
Where: Dean Cayley’s farm – Rexs Rd, Alloway QLD 4670

  • View Dean’s new low pressure lateral irrigator
  • Next Gen Officer, Gerard Puglisi, will talk about upcoming CaseIH StepUp 2017 Conference in Mackay
  • Forward pricing update – Gavin Lerch
  • Tractors display – McDonald Murphy
  • Drinks and nibbles
  • Lucky door prize! – McDonald Murphy/Case IH

Feel free to invite others to this event

Please RSVP for catering by Monday 6th Feb by phone/text to one of the reps below:

  • Gavin Lerch – 0418 798 225
  • Josh Buchbach  – 0427559095
  • Angela Marshall – 0435799041

For more information about Next Gen and the StepUp conference and to register for the conference online visit

Next Gen Meeting – Mackay

When: 10th of Oct at 7:30pm
Where: at West Leagues Club, Walkerston.

Mackay Next Gen Group will be hold meeting to discuss topics such as:

  • Information about the 2017 Step Up Conference
  • Industry Training course that have been offered to the Next Gen Group, and
  • Some member of the McKay Sugar Board will be in attendance to give a company update and to answer any question.
For more information and to RSVP contact Phil on 0417 796 468.

Next Gen Meeting – Bundaberg

Where: CANETEC Harvester Factory, Cummins Street, North Bundaberg.
When: Wednesday, 7th September 2016
Time: 3:30pm

Safety Requirements – Closed in shoes are essential!  High visibility clothing is preferred but not essential.

The meeting will include:

  • A look through the CANETEC factory and a look at the new harvesters that are being manufactured in Bundaberg.
  • Sugar Marketing update
  • Crushing updates
  • Variety information
  • Fertiliser discussions

RSVP: Please reply by Monday 5th September, so that necessery arrangments can be made for the factory tour. RSVP by calling either Gavin Lerch on 0418 798 225 or Josh Buchbach on 0427 559 095.

A few refreshments will be available at the end of the afternoon.

Please feel free to invite others to this event.


Coraki Field Day – Floodplain Cropping and Biodiversity

Friday, 12 August 9am to 2pm (including morning tea and lunch)
Floodplain croppers interested in improving farm health and restoring riverbank stability, native vegetation buffers and habitat on the Wilsons and Richmond River are invited to this field day at a second generation sugarcane farm.

Luke and Damian Gooley will host the day at their family’s 78-hectare Coraki farm. Continue reading

Mossman Show Cane Exhibition 2016

The Mossman Next Generation Group would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s cane display. The 2016 Mossman Next Generation Groups show cane exhibition was a well organised display with an excellent level of entries. The display had 53 entries from 9 different growers with each class being well represented. The growers from the region should be commended for their effort, especially after the difficult year they had last year.

The Mossman Next Generation Group would also like to thank everyone who entered and also the people who helped setup on the day.

The schedule of prizes and the winners are tabled below:

Class Sponsor Prizes Winners
Class 1 3 sticks of an approved variety Next Gen 1st Prize $120 Puglisi Farming
2nd Prize $70 Padovan Harvesting
3rd Prize 1kg Australian Chocolate Padovan Harvesting
Class 2 Collection of 3 sticks of 3 varieties Mossman
1st Prize $120 R. Scomazzon
2nd Prize $70 Puglisi Farming
3rd Prize 1kg Australian Chocolate R. Scomazzon
Class 3 Six Heavy sticks of any one variety Mackay Sugar 1st Prize $120 R. Scomazzon (25.4kg)
2nd Prize $70 R. Scomazzon (25kg)
3rd Prize 1kg Australian Chocolate Brie Brie Estate (24.8kg)
Champion Exhibit Mackay Sugar 1st Prize $200 R. Scomazzon (Six Heavy Sticks)
Most Successful Exhibiter QSL 1st Prize $200 R. Scomazzon