Recent Posts by Elaine Seager

Waterways Good Despite Record Breaking Weather

The results from the 2020 Wet Tropics Report Card have assessed the majority of freshwater rivers and estuaries continue to be in ‘good’ or ‘very good’ condition for the period July 2018-June 2019. However, record-breaking dry periods followed by extreme flood events did place some pressure on our waterways. This is the first year since…
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Fallow crops reduce fertiliser rates for Cecchi family

Soy beans and sunflower fallow crops are taking over sugar cane paddocks on the Cecchi family’s farms at Innisfail – for both cane and environmental gains. Fourth-generation grower David Cecchi says doubling fallow land to increase production felt counter-intuitive to begin with. “We plant about 80 hectares of cane a year and we used to…
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Thinking about a fallow?

With harvest in full swing now is a good time to consider the different management options for those blocks that are going to be knocked out this year – are you going to fallow them or plough them out and replant? Benefits of fallowing There are several benefits to having a well-managed fallow system including:…
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Demo Farm Provides Data on Water Quality

A demonstration farm in the Herbert region is providing data for growers to accelerate the adoption of improved farm management practices for water quality and sustainable agricultural outcomes. The idea for the demonstration farm was instigated by growers Rex and Ian Carr through an extension workshop series that began in 2018. Herbert Cane Productivity Services…
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