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Alan Colgrave: Increasing organic carbon on sandy soils

Fifth generation cane farmer Alan Colgrave farms 100 hectares in Mourilyan. Located in low wet country with light sandy soils across most of his farm, he sees increasing his organic carbon levels as being the key to improving his productivity. Over the years he’s made a lot of changes to address this including adopting green…
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Doug Crees: Farming on the Mossman River

Doug Crees farms 153 hectares alongside the Mossman River and the changes he’s been making to improve water quality have seen barramundi return to farm waterways. In working his way towards SmartCane BMP accreditation, he says the biggest hurdle was that he didn’t apply fertiliser under the ground. “Initially, I got a contractor in to…
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Grower Focused Extension Drives Change

Three years of farming changes made by Wet Tropics cane growers have collectively led to a 10 per cent reduction in dissolved inorganic nitrogen thanks to more than 320 growers making a confirmed practice change over 67,000 hectares, as part of the Australian Government’s Reef Trust III program delivered by WTSIP. WTSIP Chair Joe Marano…
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David Wah Day: Small farmers making changes

David Wah Day has been farming 58 hectares close to the Trinity Inlet and national park in Gordonvale since 1964. While only a small farm, David has consistently made changes over the years to improve soil erosion and silt movement. These include laser-levelling, moving to 1.8 metre rows and minimising cultivation. David worked with extension…
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