Robert Zandonadi

Region: Burdekin

Who: Robert Zandonadi

Location: Burdekin

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

There is anecdotal evidence that irrigating every second row in the Burdekin can reduce water use and still maintain crop yields. There are a number of growers using this technique however there is no science behind the water saving or crop factors surrounding this practice. While there may be yield decreases from irrigating every second row, it is thought that irrigating in this fashion will reduce the amount of water applied and therefore reduce pumping costs and therefore increasing net profitability during the sugarcane crop.