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Minimal Tillage: Try Before You Buy

Minimising tillage was one of the main recommendations of the Sugar Yield Decline Joint Venture and there is continuing evidence from trials that support it adoption. Minimal tillage has several advantages over traditional cultivation methods including:  Reduced cost and time of operations without yield loss Ease of working up ground in short weather windows Improved soil…
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New Dual Herbicide Sprayer Eligible for Grants

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have developed a new dual herbicide sprayer in response to reef regulations.  The new sprayer can apply two different herbicides at the same time ie. residuals banded along the row and knockdowns in the interspace. This greatly reduces the amount of PSII residual products applied, which can save…
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What Practices are a Priority for Water Quality in the Wet Tropics?

Designed to complement WTSIP’s extension program, the Reef Trust 3 Water Quality Grants are intended to provide financial incentives for growers to adopt cane farming practices that are better for water quality. But which particular practices are being prioritised and why? The funding for these grants is being provided by the Australian Government and to…
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Fallow crops reduce soil run-off in Ingham floods

Fallow crops have reduced soil run-off in the Ingham region in the wake of recent flooding rain. As crops re-emerged from paddocks that were lakes, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited Manager and cane grower Lawrence Di Bella said farmers from around the district were reporting significantly less soil erosion in areas with ground cover on…
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