Pathways to Water Quality Improvement in the Myrtle Creek Sub-catchment
Sugar Research Australia
Sugar Services Proserpine
This project is working with growers to identify and implement practice change opportunities to reduce nitrogen and pesticide losses from sugarcane farms. The project will monitor and evaluate end-of-paddock water quality impacts of changed practices. Each group will be supported by a dedicated facilitator with agronomic and group learning experience. The project methodology will use knowledge gained from previous successful projects, particularly in terms of direct grower engagement, peer-to-peer learning, grower-led water quality sampling and growers’ perception about the need for practice change. Demonstration farms with two sets of comparative practices will be monitored for water quality and productivity.
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Site 1 - ENTEC® vs standard granular fertiliser
Pesticide Risk Matrix
Site 2 - Valor® 500WG vs Atrazine and Tordon® 75-D
Site 3 - Band vs blank sprayed Bobcat® i-MAXX
Site 4 - Confidor® Guard vs suSCon maxi Intel®
Soil Health Project
Smart Cane BMP
Sugar Research Australia
Smart Cane BMP
This project is an industry partnership of the Central cane growing region of Queensland. Over two years, ten paired sites will be established across the three mill areas of the Central Region to determine the soil health, root health and business impact of transitioning to an Improved Farming System (IFS). Long-term IFS sites, of at least ten years, will be matched with near-by sites using traditional farming practices. Physical, chemical and biological soil parameters will be measured, along with root development testing, to determine variation between the sites within each pair and therefore the long-term impact of implementing IFS practices. This work will assist the industry to determine the best set of soil health indicators for this region.
Importantly, the economic implications of transitioning to IFS will be investigated and communicated. Each paired site will be supported by a local group of growers and service providers who will come together at key points in the project to discuss and debate different approaches to IFS strategies and support one another in investigating options for their own farming business. The project will conduct topic specific field days as determined by these groups.
SRA’s Soil Health Extension Toolkit will be validated in the field throughout the two-year project. Local service providers will be trained in the use of the toolkit and will assist to validate soil measurement parameters for the Central region. These partners will take the toolkit into the field, working alongside growers, to test its success as an easy method for identifying potential soil/production constraints.
Smartcane BMP is a program for you to document and celebrate
the way your farm.
When you complete Modules 1, 2 and 3, you can get accredited with Smartcane BMP and be independently recognised for the way you manage soil and nutrients, irrigation and drainage, and weeds, pests and diseases.
Modules 4–8 aren’t required for accreditation. However, they can help identify opportunities to improve practices in other parts of your farm business.
Sugarcane Imidacloprid Stewardship Program
Bayer / Nufarm
Imidacloprid insecticides, such as Confidor® Guard are an important tool for the growth of Australian sugarcane, effectively controlling a range of canegrubs. At the same time, you would no doubt be aware of concern regarding detections of imidacloprid in waterways adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
In order to understand the causes of waterway contamination and to find ways to address this challenge, a number of research projects have been carried out which have both highlighted a key route of the product entering the waterways, and some possible solutions.
In response, a cross-industry task force, including Bayer, Nufarm, Sugar Research Australia, and the Queensland Departments of Agriculture and Forestry, and Environment and Science, with additional input from James Cook University have developed a training package, based on these latest research findings which focuses on the correct application of imidacloprid insecticides in ratoon sugarcane.