PADDOCK TO REEF INTEGRATED MONITORING, MODELLING AND REPORTING PROGRAM
BURDEKIN SUGARCANE SCIENCE FORUM
Burdekin PCYC, Ayr — 21 June
The Paddock to Reef Program (P2R) monitors and measures changes in contaminant loads and links on-ground practice changes with water quality data. It brings the work of many projects together, providing a framework for evaluating and reporting on progress to the 2025 targets in the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan. This forum is part of monthly NQ Dry Tropics’ P2R Conversations Series.
Meet and greet
(Tea and coffee)
Welcome and purpose of the forum
Current Regional Overview and link to Reef Water Quality.
SRA Soil Health project
Opportunities for application in the Burdekin
District Manager — Burdekin,
Sugar Research Australia.
Terry is well known in the Burdekin region, having worked for Burdekin Productivity Services for six years. As a senior extension officer, Terry was influential in making the Smartcane BMP program and the soil health project successful in the Burdekin. Terry has also taken lead on other projects involving harvesting, irrigation, and pests and disease.
Terry grew up on the family farm at Dalbeg and has experience spanning more than 25 years in all aspects of sugarcane farming from planting right through to contract harvesting, precision ag, irrigation and spraying.
P2D – Precision to Decision project
Cog Calculator App
Farmacist Connect App
EM mapping and soil test zones (Google Earth)
Dylan studied at the Queensland University of Technology where he completed a Bachelor of Mechatronics.
Dylan is the IT co-ordinator at Farmacist in the Burdekin and has been instrumental in development of spatial database systems, field sensors and wireless connectivity solutions using low-frequency radio.
He has been working on an app for growers to assist in spatial data recording and providing reports. He will showcase the app he has built that manages multiple data layers and provides secure record-keeping solutions.
OPTICANE – Weather and irrigation support tool
Project overview and opportunities
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
College of Science and Engineering
Justin Sexton is a postdoctoral research fellow at James Cook University. He recently completed his PhD at JCU in Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (NIRS). Justin has a background in statistical analysis. His research focus has primarily been in the Australian Sugarcane industry.
Aside from NIRS, Justin’s research projects include climate change analysis, agricultural systems simulation and crop model calibration as well as research in mathematics and science teaching.
Recently Justin has contributed to development of the Opticane.net web app. This included working with integrating weather forecast data and on-line crop models as well as contributing to the development of the front-end user experience.
Building wetlands to enhance nitrogen removal in farming landscapes
Quantifying nitrogen removal from natural and constructed wetlands
Project leader (Wetland Extension), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Carla is based in Townsville with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. She leads the Agricultural Water Treatment project under the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program. She works to synthesise information, develop resources and build the capacity of advisors, growers and natural resource managers to use treatment systems and manage wetlands on farms, seeking solutions that benefit growers and the environment.
Farm Economic Analysis Tool
Present local economics case studies
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Agricultural Economist
Caleb is part of a team of Agricultural Economists at DAF who have more than 100 hundred years od collective experience in agriculture (with diverse backgrounds in farming, agronomy, agri-finance and research extension). Caleb works alongside producers and researchers from various industries.
EEF60 Project (Enhanced Efficiency Fertilisers Trials)
Overview of the project trials
Performance, strategies and losses
Production, NUE and water quality
Sugar Research Australia, Researcher
Julian is an Agronomist with 23 years’ experience. He began his career in north-western Victoria working on grapes and citrus before moving to the Burdekin in 2011 to work for SRA leading the project ‘Nitrogen fertiliser requirements for representative soils in the Lower Burdekin cane growing district’. After completing this project, he moved to the Wet Tropics to work on a Reef Trust funded project managed by Canegrowers, testing the effectiveness of enhanced efficiency fertilisers in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef.
Project Blue Water 2
Demonstration of drift management
Spray nozzle selection
Farmacist, Extension Agronomist
Mika has a Bachelor of Science degree from Griffith University. He is the Project Manager of a large chemical management project in the Burdekin called Project Bluewater.
This project supports growers to get the most out of their chemicals and supports improvements in effective pesticide applications.
Mika will be showcasing the latest chemical application technology and demonstrating effective delivery of chemical to targets in the Burdekin.
Burdekin Irrigation Project
What is the program about?
Where is it heading and what’s next for the program?
Demo site purpose, practice change and the high and low input water quality.
BIP Demo + Water Quality
Irrigation practice trials
Water quality monitoring trials
DNRM Regional fine scale monitoring
Manager, Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Advisory Committee (BBIFMAC).
Arwen has worked in natural resource management and environmental planning in the Townsville-Burdekin area for the past 20 years. Arwen has Bachelor and Masters degrees in Environmental Management. She grew up on a cane farm in Bundaberg and understands the many challenges facing farmers. Arwen joined BBIFMAC to manage the highly successful $1.3 million Energy Efficiency for Australian Irrigators project and stayed on as manager.