Reef Trust Tender – Phase 1

  • 2014-2018
  • $1.4m across the Wet Tropics
  • Cane Farms
  • Improved Nitrogen Use Efficiency
  • Competitive tender program (now closed)


The 14 Wet Tropics cane farmers who successfully applied for funding through this program in 2014 manage 22 farms covering 1618ha. They were contracted to implement enhanced efficiency fertiliser management practices.

So far this program has resulted in around 86 tonnes less of nitrogen fertiliser being applied to these farms. This significant reduction is being achieved through various approaches including Variable Rate Fertiliser applicators, use of GPS for precision vehicle control to reduce soil impaction, Enhanced Efficiency Fertilisers and use of mill mud as a nutrient.

Find out more about the practice changes undertaken by these farmers.