FARMING: Up River Road cane farmer Tony Hinschen.
FARMING: Up River Road cane farmer Tony Hinschen. Peter Carruthers

Farming is about overcoming adversity

TONY Hinschen's old man cleared the Up River cane farm in the early 1970s to add to the family's existing place in town for his two sons to inherit.

Mr Hinschen said his brother trained as a carpenter and moved to Brisbane leaving the family farm.

Born and bred in Proserpine, Mr Hinschen studied for a year at Burdekin Rural Agricultural College before getting a trade as a boilermaker for four years.

He then took off for a few years to Brisbane and Kingaroy, he got married and then came back to Proserpine.

On his return he did a little work at the mill but threw himself into cane farming at both farms.

Due to the huge interest rates when his father acquired the Up River farm, Mr Hinschen said he didn't draw a wage for the first seven years in the farming game and was forced to rely on wages earned by his wife.

Mr Hinschen said he loved being his own boss and enjoyed the flexibility of hours afforded by farming cane but also said running the farm by himself was isolating.

"It was good when my dad was alive. People don't realise how lonely it can be," he said.

"You don't have anyone to talk to, to throw things back and forwards with, to make decisions with."

Mr Hinschen said you need to be self-motivated in the farming game and overcoming challenges was a big part of working the land.