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New Team Gears Up

Four new Extension Officers have been appointed by WTSIP as we continue to ramp up delivery on our reef water quality program while helping growers to achieve greater productivity, profitability, and sustainability. Jordan Villaruz, previously team leader at Tully Cane Productivity Services, is taking on the role of Regional Extension Officer based in Cairns Canegrowers in Gordonvale…
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New Cane Fertilising Technology Designed

New cane fertilising technology manufactured in the Wet Tropics is fine-tuning nutrient management and helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Ingham fertiliser company Liquaforce secured Australian Government funding to team up with agronomists and farmers – and the result is a computer-controlled fertiliser applicator that can vary the type and rate of fertiliser to…
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Future Precision Ag Technology Showcased

A recent SPAA (Society of Precision Agriculture Australia) workshop in Ingham highlighted some of the latest developments taking place in precision agriculture.  Cane growers from across the Wet Tropics attended the SPAA workshop where leading Australian researchers and advisors who are using and studying PA technology, showed how it can be used to improve management across…
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Bean planter the way forward

A bean planter is the next step for Ingham cane farmer Mark Zatta whose farm has become a trial area for legume fallow crops. Mark manages 440ha of cane land that has been in the family for 70 years. “This land had grown cane back-to-back year-in year-out,’’ he said.  “Leaving bare fallow wasn’t enough –…
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