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Australian sugarcane industry soil health benchmarking in the wet tropics region of QLD - increasing profit and transforming soil health practices through cooperative industry research, extension and adoption

This project is an industry partnership of the wet tropics cane growing region of Queensland. Paired sites are being established to determine the soil health, root health and business impact of transitioning to an Improved Farming System (IFS). Long-term IFS sites, of at least ten years, will be matched with nearby traditionally farmed sites. Physical, chemical and biological soil parameters are being measured, along with root development testing, to determine variation between sites and the long-term impact of implementing IFS practices. This work will assist the industry to determine the best set of soil health indicators for the region.

The Wet Tropics Soil Health Project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, through funding from Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and Sugar Research Australia with assistance from T.R.A.P Services, Tully Sugar Ltd, MSF Sugar, Tully Cane Productivity Services Ltd, Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, WTSIP, The University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland.

Project date

7 Jan 2019-31 Oct 2021
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Principal investigator

Richard Brackin

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Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

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  • Location

    Australia wide

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body, Research service providers

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