Soil health on display at Burdekin Legume Agronomy Workshops

Date Posted

23 October, 2019

Posted by

Samantha Ryalls

Burdekin Region sugarcane growers and industry will hear everything they need to know about growing legume rotation crops to enhance the sugarcane farming system at several upcoming Legume Agronomy Workshops.

These updates will feature speakers from Landmark, Pulse Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. These industry experts will present the latest information on the successful establishment and management of legume rotation crops and answer questions from the audience to further explore how growers and advisors can use this information to successfully incorporate legume crops into the sugarcane farming system.

The workshops will be held in local growers’ sheds over three days (Tuesday 29 October, Thursday 31 October and Friday 1 November) at Ayr, Home Hill, Mona Park and Giru.

Topics include correct agronomic management of legume crops from local and industry agronomists, benefits of legume crops in the sugarcane farming system, production costs and economic benefits and tips for successful grain handling and storage. Local growers will also be sharing their experiences and perspectives.

Burdekin grower Cy Kovacich is hosting one of the legume agronomy workshops on his farm, and will talk about how legume rotation crops have improved his sugarcane farming system.

“I have no doubt that fallow legume cropping leads to higher sugarcane yields per hectare,” he said. “It’s one of the principles from the Sugar Yield Decline Joint Venture. In our time growing these crops, we’ve learnt a lot along the way with crops such as mung beans and soybeans, so I am looking forward to talking about some of this at the workshop.”

SRA Principal Researcher, Dr Danielle Skocaj, said the updates would provide information relevant to the local industry, while also sharing the latest research information.

“Sugarcane soil health is vitally important and is a foundation of profitability and productivity for growers and millers,” Dr Skocaj said. “Legume rotation crops are a key component of the sugarcane farming system and improving soil health, so we encourage all growers and industry stakeholders to attend one of these workshops to learn more about how these crops can be used to drive productivity, profitability and sustainability.