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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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Variable Rate Fertiliser the Latest Change

Fifth-generation grower Richard Hobbs has changed to variable rate fertiliser application on his Ingham farm. This is just the latest change on his century-old farm that has seen transitions from water furrows and 19-row beds to 1.8m rows, electro-magnetic mapping and GPS technology in just his time on the 134-year-old property. Richard says change is…
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Deep Ripper Trials Show Promise

A deep ripper that can loosen soil one metre beneath cane crops is generating interest in an industry working to improve soil and root health. Ingham cane grower Paul Mizzi designed and manufactured the deep zonal ripper last year to combat severe soil compaction caused by increasingly heavy farm machinery - a major contributor to…
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