By Michael Cavanagh
The unseasonable rain is again affecting this seasons sugar harvesting.
While the start to the harvest was initially delayed, milling did get underway and things looked bright with talk of better prices as the northern hemisphere's production faltered.
But the rain has come back and is once again causing problems.
Ted Bussey is at Mount Martin approximately 50 kilometres west of Mackay and has been in his shed after "steady solid rain".
He says like many other growers, he had picked his "dry paddocks" but it is the headlands which are the problems as it makes it dangerous to "take the loads out on."
Further north it has been even heavier with Don Berryman a canegrower at Kurramine Beach near Innisfail getting around 200 millimetres which he says could affect next year's crop.
Its not just the growers who are standing around waiting for the rain to stop.
Bundaberg Mills fired up in the past week after a delays of up to three weeks.
The deputy chairman of Bundaberg Canegrowers Tony Castro says the crop has grown a bit more with the rain, but the last thing the industry needs is a wet "tail" to the harvest in November coming into the wet season.
CEO of Mackay Sugar Quentin Hildebrand says the rain has wider ramifications although at the moment there is sufficient cane harvested to meet export requirements.