Farming and agriculture is our heritage.
It is at the heart of why we do what we do.
Rocky Point have a number of farms scattered throughout South-East Queensland. Although being known for our sugar cane, at Rocky Point we grow far more.
On the northern end of Gold Coast, in the Rocky Point region, we have around 524 hectares where we grow our sugar cane, approximately 50,000 tonnes each year. On these farms we also grow soy beans as a rotational crop to help rejuvenate the soil and break up the monoculture of sugar cane.
Four hours west of Brisbane we purchased 3,000 hectares around the Darling Downs, Karanga North and Jimbour areas. On this land we grow a variety of broadacre crops including; wheat, barley, sorghum, mung beans and oats. We also use part of this land to raise, fatten and sell cattle.
Farming Sugar Cane
the Rocky Point Way
From humble beginnings in the 1940’s when sugar cane was cut by hand and hand-loaded onto trailers, we are now able to grow using farming best practice which includes, precision agriculture, controlled traffic utilizing GPS controlled tractors and zonal and minimum tillage.
Healthy soil is at the base for good growth, we spread a combination of compost and lime depending on soil tests every year on our own farms and also offer compost spreading as a service to other farmers.
Harvesting and Baling
Our sugar cane is harvested green and the stalk is sent to the Sugar Mill where it is crushed to make sugar. The leaf or ‘thrash’ as it is sometimes called, is the bi-product of green cane harvesting process.
While not only managing and harvesting our own sugar cane crops, Rocky Point offers contract harvesting of sugar cane crops.
All of our on-farm hay equipment is modified to suit our sugar cane farming practices. Modifications aim at minimising compaction of the sugar cane stools that need to grow for the following year’s harvest. These practices along with leaving up to 50% of the mulch on the farm after baling have significantly maintained yields and the health of the soil.
We bale and store about 30,000 large squares each year. The large bales are eventually sold as cattle fodder or taken to our factory for processing into garden mulch.
We collaborate with up to 50 growers in the local area as well up to 20 growers in the Childers, Bundaberg and Murwillumbah areas. Each of these farmers are paid a royalty for the mulch and have the opportunity to increase earning by participating in the manufacturing processes on their own farms.