Tour of cane farms to see innovations – 25 Jan

January 17, 2018

Innovative cane farmers and researchers will showcase new trials and projects at a free sugarcane field tour in the Tully region next Thursday.

Organiser Charissa Rixon says the event will largely focus on nitrogen with on-farm insights into everything from bio-fertiliser to variable rate herbicide projects.

Growers, industry stakeholders and other interested people can visit four sites and hear from five farmers and two researchers.

The T.R.A.P. Services tour is on Thursday 25 January from 8.30am.

“We will be looking at innovative projects ranging from bio-fertiliser trials and mixed species intercropping to various ways to enhance nitrogen use efficiency,’’ Charissa says.

“There is also a project looking at the ways of mapping weeds for variable rate herbicide treatment.

“We are encouraging as many people as possible to come along. We will be travelling between sites by bus and lunch is provided. This is about seeing the trial sites and speaking to growers who are trying different things to learn more about the benefits and challenges of new methods.”

Participants will hear from farmers Ray Zamora, Mario Raccanello, Danny Pantovic, Chris Condon and Brian Dore as well as researchers Danielle Skocaj from Sugar Research Australia and Charissa Rixon from T.R.A.P. Services.
The on-farm trials are the product of Project Catalyst, Reef Trust III and More Profit from Nitrogen funding programs. Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between more than 70 Queensland cane growers, natural resource management groups including Terrain NRM in the Wet Tropics region, the Australian Government, WWF and The Coca-Cola Foundation. It supports cane growers with groundbreaking farming practices that increase productivity while also improving water quality.

The Reef Trust III program is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership to also improve water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchment areas while increasing on-farm efficiencies and productivity, while More Profit for Nitrogen is an Australian Government, Sugar Research Australia and Queensland Government-funded project to increase both nitrogen use efficiency and farm profitability.
For more information about the sugarcane field tour, contact Charissa Rixon on 0448 667 785.