Crushing prospects cloud over

CANE growers are crossing their fingers in the hope skies will clear so this year's harvest can get back on track.

Mackay Canegrowers chairman Paul Schembri said continued wet weather meant crushing would not resume today as hoped.

"We'll need an extended period of fine weather before we can crank the mills up," Mr Schembri said.

"So firstly we need the sun to come out, and I guess we'll assess it 24 hours at a time. Certainly we'll need some time for paddocks to dry out before we can contemplate getting back into the fields."

Rain caused extensive delays in the lead-up to the crush and harvesting was again put on hold last Wednesday due to the unseasonal wet weather.

Mr Schembri said despite the rain, growers were optimistic.

"We're very resilient. We just hope the weather clears and we still get a shot at getting this crop off," he said.



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