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Far North Queensland sugarcane hit hard by flooding

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More than half of the sugarcane crop in Queensland's Far North region has been impacted by flooding, according to a survey by Australian sugarcane farmer's organization Canegrowers.

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"It's taking some time to access all of the flooded farms to assess the damage," Canegrowers CEO Dan Galligan said.

In the Herbert region, 80% of the cane area was flooded, while stagnant water remained on 20% of the cane crop in the Tully region, and 10% remained in the Babinda/Mulgrace region, the organization said.

"While sugarcane is a resilient crop, the longer it sits in water, the more damage is done," Galligan said.

The group is waiting for more water to recede to fully assess how the flooding has impacted cane yields, the CEO said.

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