Mario Raccanello

Region: Wet Tropics

Who: Mario Raccanello

Location: Tully

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

I want to focus on biological soil health and be less reliant on artificial inputs. The current profit/loss of sugarcane production is becoming increasingly challenging. The most practical way to improve the bottom line is the reduce input costs. If this can be done in a manner that also enhances the productive capacity of the land, I feel it can only be positive. The focus on soil health is vital because the current practices are causing detrimental effects on the soil. I have seen my father use similar practices, many years ago in bananas and have seen our soil deplete using so many artificial inputs.