New online toolbox for sugarcane nutrient management

Date Posted

13 May, 2020

Posted by

Cathy Weis

SUGARCANE growers have access to a new online toolbox to help make nutrient management easier.

The brand new SIX EASY STEPS toolbox is now available on the SRA website and is built on years of research into nutrient management in the Australian sugarcane industry by SRA and other industry service providers.

“The SIX EASY STEPS Toolbox packages this research into a suite of information products and interactive tools. It contains practical guidance for growers to refine nutrient management practices based on evidence from industry research projects and other funding programs,” said Dr Barry Salter, SRA Executive Manager, Biosecurity and Production.

“These tools fit within steps five and six of the SIX EASY STEPS and will assist growers and advisors to develop nutrient management strategies that are specific to their farms.”

By clicking online to visit the Toolbox, growers can also access tools that will help them with specific circumstances they face in their own districts and farms.

The Toolbox was developed with investment by SRA, the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and CANEGROWERS, and in collaboration with the University of Southern Queensland, University of Queensland and Farmacist.

The development was led by SRA Adoption Officer, Gavin Rodman, and Executive Manager for Biosecurity and Production, Barry Salter, with help from many other industry supporters.

Mr Rodman said that the Toolbox brought together trial data, case studies and decision support tools for the refinement of nutrient rates for specific production system issues.

“It has been developed with widespread collaboration and consultation and we thank everyone for their time and assistance bringing this toolbox together. It will continue to be updated with new information and improvements over time.

“We encourage growers, advisors and industry stakeholders to visit and visit the Toolbox, found directly under the “Growers and Millers” tab of the home page.”

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