Lou, Betty and Gary Raiteri

Region: Mackay

Who: Lou, Betty, and Gary Raiteri

Location: Proserpine

Precision agriculture

A controlled traffic farming system and green trash blanketing were introduced to the new farm, with a long term improvement in soil health expected, along with immediate benefits such as improved moisture retention and weed control.

The farm was set up using a GPS guidance system with a revised farm layout comprising larger blocks with headlands strategically placed to maximize irrigation efficiency, reduce labour requirements and allow farm operations to be completed through several blocks with one pass. The aim was to shift from a low yielding farm to one of high production value, reduced runoff and improved efficiencies in management operations.