Region: Wet Tropics

Who: Stephen Accornero

Location: Herbert region

To improve calcium uptake of plant which will hopefully provide a better cane yield

The Herbert region has a range of soils in which nearly all soils have a poor pH level. These pH level tie up calcium making it unavailable to the plant. By using a prilled lime we can get an instant uptake of calcium that’s available to the plant. By doing this we are hoping to achieve a better yield which in turn will help with nutrient uptake, reducing the chance of nutrients leaving the farm.

Potential Water Quality Benefit

By fixing the calcium issues within the sugarcane, the plant will be able to process nutrients more readily, reducing the chance for nutrient loss to other pathways.

Expected Outcome of Trial

That the higher rate of Ozcal will have a better cane yield.