Sugarcane farm tour a success

January 29, 2018

Innovation was the name of the game when more than 50 farmers, researchers, cane and natural resource management representatives hit the road for a tour in the Tully region recently.

The group visited farms to learn more about a wide of range of trials and research projects to boost productivity while reducing nitrogen usage and better protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Farmers Brian Dore, Ray Zamora, Mario Raccanello and Mark Savina shared information about trials on their farms, and researchers Charissa Rixon and Danielle Skocaj spoke on current projects.

T.R.A.P. Services Charissa Rixon, who also organised the event, said it was “great to have so many farmers take the time to come and see some of the research being conducted in the Tully region”. She said the feedback about the day was positive and there were some interesting group discussions.

Terrain NRM’s Michael Waring said there had been farmers from Ingham to Cairns.

“Farmers find it invaluable to see results for themselves and hear directly from people involved in testing these innovative ideas’’ he said.

The on-farm trials are the product of Project Catalyst, Reef Trust III and More Profit from Nitrogen funding programs.