WTSIP's 17 partners are working together to deliver Reef projects across the Wet Tropics sugarcane industry.
Our extension team provides customised support to cane growers to help them adopt priority farming practices with a lower water quality risk. The trusting relationships our team have established with growers is essential for the change process.
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Reef Trust 3 - Impacts
Between 2016-2019 we achieved the following as part of the Australian Government's Reef Trust III 'Growing a Great Barrier Reef' Project.
Number of cane growers reached
Number of cane growers actively engaged in improving practices
Number of cane growers with confirmed practice change
Hectares of cane land with confirmed practice change
Number of nutrient management plans developed
Number of pesticide management plans developed
Some of the growers we worked with:
Adopting new practices can be expensive for small growers but if we work with clusters of small growers their collective footprint can have a significant impact.
Filippo Spataro (Cairns district)
Doug Crees (Mossman district)
Farmers are always looking for new ways to improve their farming businesses and part of our role is to support growers who want to trial new practices.
While bed renovators are used in other sugarcane areas in Australia, there was no uptake of this practice in the Mossman district. Drew Watson was provided with a grant to help him purchase a bed renovator to enable him to trial it across a variety of soil types and micro-climates on his farms and share his learnings with other growers across the district.