Tag Archives: Sustainable Agriculture

Benefits of automated irrigation flows for farmers and the reef

ALMOST 30 Burdekin district cane farmers explored the benefits of automating their irrigation schedule at a workshop conducted by NQ Dry Tropics on Russell Jordan’s Upper Haughton River farm recently. At the workshop, NQ Dry Tropics Project Officer Lisa Pulman demonstrated the benefits of automated irrigation to cane farmers participating in her … Continue Reading ››

Reef and Beef Tour 2018

Reef and Beef trip connects graziers with scientists and the reef North Queensland graziers working to improve land condition and reduce sediment erosion had a chance to strengthen their connection with the Great Barrier Reef this week as part of the Reef and Beef Trip. The two-day project wrap-up gave graziers an opportunity to hear the latest … Continue Reading ››

Early project results show cane growers improving Reef water quality and boosting profits

A project supporting Burdekin cane growers to reduce fertiliser use without affecting yield has so far prevented 116 tonnes of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) from entering waterways and impacting the Great Barrier Reef.

A high level of DIN in water has been linked to outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish on the Reef, and … Continue Reading ››

NQ Dry Tropics streamlining Paddock to Reef efficiencies

NQ Dry Tropics has streamlined its project management and Paddock to Reef data, adopting Esri technology to complement its current web-based software applications to manage natural resource management projects. The Esri Collector App enables field staff and NQ Dry Tropics’ delivery partners to improve data capture and management workflows which helps build detailed information to make … Continue Reading ››

Pasture and grazing management key to productivity

Nineteen graziers and land managers representing 10 enterprises met recently at Toomba Station, north of Charters Towers, for the first of a four-part series of NQ Dry Tropics Grazing Management courses.

Participants learned how well-managed grazing can stimulate growth of preferred pasture species, improve rainfall infiltration and moisture retention, and protect against erosion. They also … Continue Reading ››