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Benefits of controlled traffic farming : the Mackay experience
Many growers in the Mackay region have moved to controlled traffic farming. This system is built on permanent wheel tracks where the crop zone and traffic lanes are permanently separated. Growers using this system have ...
Scheduling irrigation can help growers apply the right amount of water, in the right place, at the right time, to produce optimum yield. A range of tools are available to help with this important process.
Understanding soil organic matter and why it's important
Increasing soil organic matter is widely regarded as beneficial to soil function and fertility. In agricultural production systems, it is integral to sustainable farming.
Legumes : the pros and cons
As seen in the previous article, ‘Planning the summer fallow’, in this edition, fallow legumes can improve cane yields and soil health. This handy table helps to compare and evaluate the different types of legumes available ...
The fallow – one of the busiest times on the farm
While your land has a break from growing cane, you have an ideal opportunity to undertake many farm operations which are not possible during the normal growing period. Make the most of the opportunities which the fallow ...
Irrigation : one of the keys to reaching yield potential
Sugarcane grows fastest under conditions of adequate moisture, sunlight and temperatures over 24°C. Growth measurements of over 40 mm per day have been recorded. In the absence of growth restraints such as weeds, pests, ...
Using the ‘off-season’ to get your farming equipment right for the season ahead
The ‘off-season’ – December through to April – is a great time for growers to repair and maintain farm machinery. It is also an excellent time to find out what other growers are doing, and to think about modifications to ...
Planning the summer fallow
Fallowing should be an integral part of the cane production cycle. The fallow period provides a break from the cane monoculture and has important soil health benefits. However, the strategy you use needs to be one that ...