Farmers share results from trials

June 8, 2018

More farm trials involving mill mud and mixed fallow crops would be useful in the Wet Tropics, farmers say.

Thirty cane growers met in Cardwell recently to discuss a range of innovative trials undertaken in the Innisfail-Tully region as part of Project Catalyst - a partnership between more than 100 Queensland cane growers, natural resource management groups, the Australian Government, WWF and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Terrain NRM’s Michael Waring said growers came from Ingham to Innisfail to share results, challenges and successes of trials they had been working on to increase productivity and improve water quality in the Wet Tropics region.

Trial subjects range from bio-fertiliser to sub-surface mill mud and mixed species interspace crops.

“Growers were asked what their farming practices would look like in 10 years and what they needed to make this happen,’’ Mr Waring said.

“Growers want to, and are working on, improving their returns through reduced inputs, better soil health and improved farming systems.

“They are doing this by researching alternate crops and mixed fallow crops to get the outcomes their soils need for improved performance, by learning from other farmers both in and outside the cane industry and learning from soil specialists and grower-led trials.”

Growers also heard from Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited’s Megan Zahmel and TRAP Services’ Charissa Rixon at the Cardwell event.

Project Catalyst supports cane growers who are trialling groundbreaking farming practices that increase productivity and improve water quality.

For more information, contact Terrain NRM’s Michael Waring on 0428 771 361.