Projects

Annual trial results and personal profiles of the innovative leaders in the Queensland sugar industry, backed up by the technical data of previous case studies.

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Wet Tropics

Daniel Pantovic

Evaluate the benefits of lignite in improving nutrient use efficiency for NPK in sugarcane.

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Mackay

Ross Windsor

To assess the efficacy of imidacloprid applied at varying rates.

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Mackay

Tony, John and Mark Bugeja Trial Progress

To assess the efficacy of imidacloprid applied at varying rates.

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Mackay

Peter Hackett

To improve nitrogen use efficiency.

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Mackay

Tony Bugeja Trial Progress

To improve nitrogen use efficiency on soils with high yield and moderate organic carbon levels.

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Mackay

Adam Keilbach Trial Progress

To investigate the impact of intercropping soybean with sugarcane ratoons on sugar cane yield and nitrogen stores.

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Mackay

Manuel Muscat

Reduce yield losses and increase nitrogen use efficiency by tailoring variety to soil type.

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Mackay

John and Helen Pastega Trial Progress

To lower the amount of imidacloprid applied per hectare by using variable rate technology, whilst maintaining adequate grub control.

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Mackay

Steve Young Trial Progress

To use low cost sensors on haul-out vehicles to produce cane yield maps to further improve the availability and accuracy of VR maps to growers.

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Mackay

Phillip Deguara Trial Progress

Provision of low cost, automated Variable rate application maps.

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Mackay

Steven Muscat Trial Progress

To assess the impact of deep ripping in ratoons after harvesting in wet conditions, causing compaction.

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Mackay

Darryl Thomsett Trial Progress

To Evaluate the use of 6 Easy Steps N Rates on High Organic Carbon % Soils that are low in the landscape.

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Mackay

David Ellwood Trial Progress

To evaluate the reduction of nutrients on late-harvested crops which have a lower yield potential

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Mackay

Henry Ewart Trial Progress

To evaluate the use of 6 Easy Steps N Rates on High Organic Carbon % Soils that are low in the landscape.

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Mackay

John (Mac) Muscat Trial Progress

Staggered nitrogen rate application to mitigate crop lodging and CCS reduction on high yield potential soils.

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Mackay

Alan and Karen Matsen Trial Progress

To compare crop nutrient uptake and run off between applying mud Sub-surface vs Surface.

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Mackay

Faust Family Trial Progress

Assess the benefit of adding Worm Hit product to the soil.

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Mackay

Sam Deguara Trial Progress

To compare cane yields and soil analysis from locations where liquid fertiliser has been applied sub-surface compared to liquid fertiliser that has been applied to the surface.

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Mackay

Gerry Deguara Trial Progress

To compare the application of liquid fertilisers sub-surface against sub-surface application of granular fertilisers at the same rate.

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Mackay

John and Phil Deguara Trial Progress

To demonstrate and measure soil health and sugarcane yield benefits from deep placement of soil ameliorants including mill mud and mill ash.

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Mackay

Neil Walpole Trial Progress

Assess the benefit of adding Serenade product to the soil by different methods.

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Burdekin

Richard Kelly 3

This project aims to investigate the use of Proximal sensors to determine crop N uptake infield.

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Burdekin

Sam Marano

To develop a site-specific nitrogen reduction rate that the grower can implement on their blocks that are irrigated with underground water high in nitrates.

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Wet Tropics

Wayne Scougall

Utilize compost as an alternative form of Nitrogen

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Wet Tropics

Ray Zamora

Improve Soil health by growing multiple species in the cane interspace

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Wet Tropics

Michael and Peter Ottone

To evaluate how much we can reduce fertilizer rates and evaluate if the addition of compost tea and biofert will maintain yield equivalent to traditional fertilizer rates.

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Wet Tropics

Brian Dore

We are testing if we can create a variable rate herbicide application map to reduce the amount of pre-emergent herbicide used on the farm, without compromising weed control.

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Wet Tropics

Mario Raccanello

Reduce N Rates by 25 to 50 percent by the addition of potassium humate.

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Wet Tropics

Mario Raccanello

Evaluating the application of anaerobically fermented fungal and bacterial strains and biological amendments to replace between 25% and 50% of Six Easy Steps (6ES) recommended N application without significant yield reduction.

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Wet Tropics

Mark Savina

To evaluate the application of anaerobically fermented fungal and bacterial strains to reduce Nitrogen application rates.

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Wet Tropics

George Henry

To improve soil pH at depth and improve soil structure.

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Wet Tropics

Sam Di Mauro

Evaluate the benefits of mill mud banded with and without reduced fertilizer rates on last ratoon crops, and into the proceeding fallow and plant cane crop

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Wet Tropics

Chris Condon

A case study around change of farming systems

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Wet Tropics

Glen Fasano

The aim is to compare four products; Control Release, Entec, Entrench and the standard practice fertiliser 140S

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Wet Tropics

Chris McClelland

The aim is to trial whether applying mill mud subsurface has benefits to productivity and also water quality benefits.

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Wet Tropics

Clint Reynolds

The aim of this project is to test the use of a mixed species fallow, comparing preformed beds to no tillage.

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Wet Tropics

Norm and Peter Reid

To see if a Potassium Humate product can increase nutrient uptake of the plant

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Wet Tropics

Lawrence DiBella Trial 3

Does a mixed fallow crop increase soil biodiversity leading to improvements in soil health and a reduction in the use of inorganic nutrient inputs.

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Wet Tropics

Lawrence DiBella Trial 2

• It is known that legume fallow crops can reduce soil and nutrient loss from fallow blocks when compared to a bare fallow. • It is well documented that monoculture farming systems create unhealthy soil conditions by removing specific nutrients from the soil and there becomes an increase in the number of pathogenic organisms that have a negative impact on cane yield. • It is also well documented that legumes have the potential to fix atmospheric nitrogen in there root systems and provide nitrogen for the subsequent crop.

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Wet Tropics

Lawrence DiBella

Does a mixed fallow crop increase soil biodiversity leading to improvements in soil health and a reduction in the use of inorganic nutrient inputs.

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Wet Tropics

Wilmar

This project aims to investigate the use of varying rates of mill mud and ash banded sub-surface into the planting line, and whether transporting the mill by-products is economically viable, when the paddock is outside the traditional mill truck transportation area.

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Wet Tropics

Walter Giordani

To compare between a variable rate of Gypsum that targets sodic zones within the block to a conventional practice of 2t/ha across the whole block.

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Wet Tropics

Sergio Fighera

To reduce chemical cost and nutrient loss to water runoff. To improve soil health and farm management.

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Wet Tropics

Alan Lynn

To improve cane yield and soil health focusing on pH levels & aluminium saturation

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Wet Tropics

Norm Reid

To improve soil health and gain sugarcane yield

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Wet Tropics

Anthony Marino

To reduce chemical cost and nutrient loss to water runoff. To improve soil health and farm management

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Burdekin

Robert Zandonadi

This project aims to investigate the effects of irrigating cane in an alternating fashion and assess any positive or negative yield increases or decreases, as well as analyse the costs associated with the change in irrigation practice.

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Burdekin

Peter McDonnell

This project aims develop a low cost wirelesss moisture sensor that can be installed in the middle of a canefield and transmit wirelessly back to a basestation which will then display values on a website.

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Burdekin

Willy Lucas

This project aims develop a low cost wirelesss moisture sensor that can be installed in the middle of a canefield and transmit wirelessly back to a basestation which will then display values on a website.

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Burdekin

Richard Kelly

This project aims to investigate different Nitrogen rates to determine the Nitrogen Use efficiency of some of the newer varieties in the Burdekin

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Burdekin

Joe Linton

To investigate the potential of the Twin N product in reducing the amount of fertiliser required for Sugarcane production

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Burdekin

Steve Pilla

The aim of this trial is to compare the water quality and yield from 3 different fertiliser application methods.

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Burdekin

Frank Mugica

To compare yield results when Nitrogen rates are reduced in plant cane, following mungbean crops

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Burdekin

Brian Langdon

To develop a site-specific nitrogen reduction rate that the grower can implement on their blocks that are irrigated with underground water high in nitrates.

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Burdekin

Mark Castalanelli

To compare different methods of amelioration to improve soakage across beds during furrow irrigation.

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Burdekin

Con Christofides

To remediate areas that have poor soakage.

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Wet Tropics

Joseph Marano

Improve soil carbon and reduce applied nitrogen to our sugarcane crops

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Wet Tropics

Adrian Darveniza

Early vs. Late Plant with minimum and Zero Tillage Ground Preparation

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Wet Tropics

Paul Cecchi

Reduced & Zero Cultivation in Ratoon Cane

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Burdekin

WILMAR

This project aims to investigate the use of Proximal sensors to determine crop N uptake infield.

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Burdekin

WAYNE DEL SANTO

This project aims to investigate different nitrogen rates to determine the nitrogen Use efficiency of some of the newer varieties in the Burdekin.

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Burdekin

Brendan Swindley

To develop a site-specific nitrogen reduction rate that the grower can implement on their blocks that are irrigated with underground water high in nitrates.

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Wet Tropics

DANIEL PANTOVIC

Evaluate the benefits of lignite in improving nutrient use efficiency for NPK in sugarcane.

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