More than 20 Burdekin sugarcane farmers participated in a field walk last week on Willy Lucas’ Osbourne cane farm, near Home Hill, to inspect an NQ Dry Tropics low-cost furrow irrigation automation trial. Affordable automation in furrow irrigation can deliver multiple potential economic and farming sustainability benefits by reducing use of electricity, water, labour, nutrients and … Continue Reading ››
Fish Kills: What are they and how do we stop them?
It’s that time of year again!
No, not the holiday season - it’s fish kill season.With summer rapidly approaching, dead fish have already been found in the Burdekin’s local rivers, creeks and lakes, causing concern for local fishers and residents. Fish … Continue Reading ››
Local farmers take inspiration from abroad to improve soil healthTwo recent soil events in Ayr attracted more than thirty Burdekin cane farmers, who learnt how increasing plant biodiversity can improve soil health and could help reduce yield decline. NQ Dry Tropics brought in Nuffield scholar Simon Mattsson as keynote speaker for both events. He recently toured … Continue Reading ››
NQ Dry Tropics will hold Holistic Management information sessions in Charters Towers and Bowen, to cater for a surge of interest about the practice among Burdekin graziers. The events will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Bowen Research Station on Monday 7 December, and at the Continue Reading ››
Recent results from a trial undertaken at Sheepstation Creek in Brandon indicate that planting trees along river banks can help increase fish stocks. In 2012, NQ Dry Tropics carried out a project on a property owned by John and Frank Gorizia, to remove weeds from half a kilometre of creek bank and plant … Continue Reading ››
Burdekin sugarcane farmers can now submit expressions of interest to access up to $500,000 to undertake projects that reduce the level of nitrogen leaving their farms. The Australian Government has made up to $2.5 million available under the $140 million Reef Trust initiative to provide innovative, targeted investments that improve the health … Continue Reading ››
On Monday 26 October, ten Burdekin sugarcane growers recently headed to the Wet Tropics on a three-day bus tour to observe how their northern neighbours are reducing nutrient and pesticide run-off into the Great Barrier Reef catchments. The NQ Dry Tropics Sugarcane Innovation Programme is supporting farmers to identify new practices … Continue Reading ››
Graziers from across Queensland will share their successes at a forum in Charters Towers on Friday 16 October 2015. Forum host NQ Dry Tropics has secured Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Managing Director, Richard Norton, as a keynote speaker for the event. The event is funded under the Australian Government’s Reef … Continue Reading ››