Protecting Our Chemicals for the Future aims to demonstrate the value of best management practices for chemical management on sugarcane farms in the Wet Tropics.
The project works with small grower groups investigating both water quality and weed management outcomes from improved management practices such as banding and spot spraying of residual herbicides, use of PSII herbicide alternatives and best practice use of canegrub control products.
This will be done through on-farm demonstrations and the use of water quality measurement tools such as a rainfall simulator and low cost event samplers.
Growers involved will also be invited to put forward their own ideas on how chemical run-off from cane farms can be reduced and weed management can be optimised.
Grower groups will be formed in the Mulgrave, Babinda-Innisfail and Tully areas with a total of 24 groups formed over three years (2016–2018).
The project is a collaborative effort, with SRA, EHP, IBCPS, TCPS, Bayer, Crop Care, JCU, Tully Sugar and QDAF coming together to address the twin issues of best management of weeds and pests and improving water quality in the Wet Tropics.