It’s planting time in the sugar industry and for Reef Catchments this means there are a host of new trials being implemented for Project Catalyst, Game Changer and our Sustainable Agriculture program.
Reef Catchments is working with NQ Dry Tropics and Terrain Wet Tropics to bring sugarcane farmers from the three regions together for a two-day innovation field trip to the Burdekin this October. The growers involved will view the early stages of Game Changer and Project Catalyst innovation trials as well as some long-term trials including:
Joe Tama’s farm
- Drip irrigation – low cost alternative samples
- One pass ratoon to plant implement
Willy Lucas’ Farm
- Irrigation telemetry and automation systems
- Variable rate fertiliser application combining soil test results, yield maps and EM mapping
- Purpose built broadcast mill mud spreader
- Drip Irrigation and sub-surface Dunder applicator
- Solid-state overhead irrigation system
- Enhanced efficiency fertilisers with water quality monitoring
Chris Hesp’s Farm
- Banded vs broadcast mill mud
- Split N application in green trash system under lateral move overhead irrigation
The Game Changer and Project Catalyst sugar innovation programs bring together around 140 sugarcane farmers from Australia’s most productive sugar growing regions.
The Game Changer program is a part of the Australia Government’s Reef Programme and provides supported, on farm demonstration of practices that have been proven to have strong potential to drastically cut loads of nutrients and herbicides reaching the vulnerable Great Barrier Reef. Growers are supported to implement these practices on a farm block, gaining a greater understanding of how the practices work in a practical sense, as well as how to obtain the best possible economic outcomes.
The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Australian Government, Bayer and Syngenta support Project Catalyst. This is a true innovation program working with growers to develop new farm management practices that have positive water quality and economic outcomes.
Growers are encouraged to book now for the 2014 Burdekin Project Catalyst Field Trip.
Date: Wed 15 + Thurs 16 October 2014
RSVP: By 6 October. Growers from the Mackay Whitsunday region can contact Reef Catchments – Belinda Billing on (07) 4968 4200 or email@example.com
Tour commences at the Malpass Hotel in Ayr at 10:00am Wednesday 15th October and concludes at 1:00pm Thursday 16th October. Lunches, smokos and dinner provided.
For full details CLICK HERE.