Recent Posts by Elaine Seager

Growers Branching Out into Peanuts as a Cash Cover Crop

Mossman’s Glen, Scott and Michael Fasano are among a handful of growers branching into peanuts as a fallow crop as they work to improve soil health and reduce fertiliser use while also developing a new stream of income. The trio harvested their first peanut crop in June and say the results have been encouraging.  …
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Cover crops: Benefits of Different Species

Cover crops have a range of benefits for soil health and nutrient management and since it's coming up to that time of year for ordering seeds, here's a rundown of the benefits of various species.          Why implement cover cropping? Increases organic matter Legumes increase soil nitrogen Enhancing nitrogen recycling Reducing soil…
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Wider rows boost efficiency and soil health

When Babinda cane grower Steven Bonso saw how soft the soil was on a Bundaberg farm during a field trip several years ago, he knew it was time to make some changes. “The penetrometer being used to measure soil compaction levels literally fell into the soil,’’ Mr Bonso said. “The farmer had been using the…
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Pesticides in the Spotlight

WTSIP's extension officers are developing their knowledge of pesticides in response to changes in the way pesticides are measured and assessed by the Queensland Government’s Paddock to Reef Monitoring and Modelling Program (P2R). The number of chemicals that are routinely measured is increasing - from 13 to 22 in the latest 2019 Wet Tropics Report…
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