Measuring soil health, setting benchmarks, and supporting practice change in the sugar industry

Project Background

Project Name Measuring soil health, setting benchmarks, and supporting practice change in the sugar industry
Project Owner Sugar Research Australia
Project Partners

University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Burdekin Productivity Services, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited, Wilmar Sugar

Project Contact

Daniel Skocaj
Sugar Research Australia
0409 627 559
dskocaj@sugarresearch.com.au

Project Investors

University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Burdekin Productivity Services, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited, Wilmar Sugar

Project Summary

1. Demonstrate the benefits of transition to improved farming systems on soil health, productivity and profitability.

2. Create a soil health knowledge platform and a network of extension and adoption officers with improved capability to transfer knowledge and promote farming system changes.

3. Develop a soil health Toolbox to measure soil health across a range of soil types and farming systems.

4. Establish benchmarks for soil test interpretation.

5. Conduct research to address the root system knowledge gaps.

Region Burdekin and Herbert
Project Duration 2017-2022 (5 years)

Research/Demo Sites

Site one

Site Type Farming systems and soil health demonstraton site
Site Subtype Commercial
Location Name Osborne - Burdekin
Site Contact

Terry Granshaw
Burdekin Productivity Services
0437 553 149
tgranshaw@bps.net.au

Site Purpose Demonstration of conventional and improved farming systems and their impact on soil health, productivity and profitability
Soil Type Sandy Clay loam

Site two

Site Type Farming systems and soil health demonstration site
Site Subtype Commercial (Wilmar Farm)
Location Name Mona Park - Burdekin
Site Contact

Terry Granshaw
Burdekin Productivity Services
0437 553 149
tgranshaw@bps.net.au

Site Purpose Demonstration of conventional and improved farming systems and their impact on soil health, productivity and profitability
Soil Type Grey Duplex soil

Site three

Site Type Farming systems and soil health demonstration site
Site Subtype Commercial
Location Name Giru - Burdekin
Site Contact

Terry Granshaw
Burdekin Productivity Services
0437 553 149
tgranshaw@bps.net.au

Site Purpose Demonstration of conventional and improved farming systems and their impact on soil health, productivity and profitability
Soil Type Cracking clay

Site four

Site Type Farming systems and soil health demonstration site
Site Subtype Commercial
Location Name Macknade - Herbert
Site Contact

Richard Hobbs
Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited
0400 544 301
rhobbs@hcpsl.com.au

Site Purpose Demonstration of conventional and improved farming systems and their impact on soil health, productivity and profitability
Soil Type Terrace silt loam

Site five

Site Type Farming systems and soil health demonstration site
Site Subtype Commercial
Location Name Abergowrie - Herbert
Site Contact

Daniel Skocaj
Sugar Research Australia
0409 627 559
dskocaj@sugarresearch.com.au

Site Purpose Demonstration of conventional and improved farming systems and their impact on soil health, productivity and profitability
Soil Type Red Sandy Loam

Site six

Site Type Farming systems and soil health demonstration site
Site Subtype Commercial
Location Name Lannercost - Herbert
Site Contact

Richard Hobbs
Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited
0400 544 301
rhobbs@hcpsl.com.au

Site Purpose Demonstration of conventional and improved farming systems and their impact on soil health, productivity and profitability
Soil Type Silty Clay