Seeing is believing: managing soil variability, improving crop yield and minimising off-site impacts in sugarcane using digital soil mapping

Project Background

Project Name Seeing is believing: managing soil variability, improving crop yield and minimising off-site impacts in sugarcane using digital soil mapping
Project Owner UNSW Sydney
Project Partners

HCPSL, Mossman Ag, Proserpine Productivity Services

Project Contact

Associate Professor John Triantafilis
UNSW Sydney
02 9385 8087
j.triantafilis@unsw.edu.au

Project Investors

Sugar Research Australia

Project Summary

Using digital soil mapping to enable precision agriculture applications of nutrients and amendments using the SIX EASY STEPS guidelines.

 

Region Far-north and North Queensland
Project Duration 2017-2020 (4 years)

Research/Demo Sites

Site one

Site Type Research and demonstration
Site Subtype Commercial farm
Location Name Mossman
Site Contact

Daryl Parker
Sugar Research Australia
0436 686 365
dparker@sugarresearch.com.au

Site Purpose Using digital soil mapping to enable precision agriculture applications of nutrients and amendments using the SIX EASY STEPS guidelines for Mossman. Possibly for phosphorus management.

Site two

Site Type Research and demonstration
Site Subtype Research station
Location Name Herbert
Site Contact

Michael Sefton
HCPSL
0428 746 079

Site Purpose Using digital soil mapping to enable precision agriculture applications of nutrients and amendments using the SIX EASY STEPS guidelines for the Herbert. Application of lime to fertilise based on cation exchange capacity (CEC) and gypsum to ameliorate sodic soil based on Exchangeable Sodium Percentage (ESP).
Soil Type Variable

Site three

Site Type Research and demonstation
Site Subtype Commercial farm
Location Name Burdekin
Site Purpose Using digital soil mapping to enable precision agriculture applications of nutrients and amendments using the SIX EASY STEPS guidelines for the Burdekin. Application of lime to fertilise and gypsum to based on exchangeable Ca measurements and magnesium sulfate based on exchangeable Mg measurements and predictions.
Soil Type Variable

Site four

Site Type Research and demonstration
Site Subtype Commercial farms
Location Name Proserpine
Site Contact

TBA
Sugar Services Proserpine
TBA

Site Purpose Using digital soil mapping to enable precision agriculture applications of nutrients and amendments using the SIX EASY STEPS guidelines for Proserpine. Yet to be determined and will be based on the laboratory results.
Soil Type Variable