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In this section you can check out short movies about the Aussie sugarcane industry, check out a movie about how sugarcane is grown (paddock to plate) and or get out in the paddock with our growers and get a tour of their cane farms across Australia (virtual bus tour).

 

 

 

SUGARCANE MOVIES

PADDOCK TO PLATE INDUSTRY HISTORY

The sugarcane production process from paddock to plate. This movie is for kids and big kids.

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  Brochure

 

 


 

The Australian sugarcane industry

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They're all Half Crazy is a historical look at the Australian sugarcane industry.  The publication is now out of print, so we've made the book and movie available for free here

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VIRTUAL BUS TOUR: SERIES 6 (2016)

Whether you're a farmer, or fancy seeing how cane farms are run in Australia, now you can with our virtual farm visit section.

We call it our Virtual Bus Tour because it is a way of seeing how cane growers have implemented best management practice on their farms across Queensland, right from your phone or computer.  

Our Virtual Bus Tour (Series 6) has just kicked off and will run until mid 2016.  It will take you on a tour of six more innovative Queensland cane farms.  If you missed them, last year's (Season 5) was a bumper season of 12 episodes. Scroll down for links to all those episodes too.
 

VIRTUAL BUS TOUR: SERIES 6    

This season's virtual bus tour series has been made possible through a partnership between CANEGROWERS and two proactive government programs.

Australian Government
Reef Programme
(formerly Reef Rescue)

 

Queensland Government
Rural Water Use Efficiency Initiative
- Irrigation Futures


SEASON 6, EPISODE 1
Farmers Graham & Greg, Bundaberg
NEW

 Graham is using GPS technology to guide an in-furrow switch plough through the plant zone… and Greg follows in a second tractor working a rotary hoe.This block is being reconfigured to suit a new low pressure overhead irrigation system... it’s one of the final stages in a five year all-of-farm project to reduce energy consumption and make more efficient use of crop irrigation.
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SEASON 6, EPISODE 2
Farmer Allen, Maryborough
NEW

 A $15 million project to improve water use efficiency and boost productivity is taking shape in the Maryborough district. CANEGROWERS director Allen Birt talks about how the rollout of 40 new centre pivot irrigators by MSF Sugar is anticipated to boost productivity and secure a reliable ongoing source of sugarcane over the coming seasons by enabling growers to deliver smaller quantities of water to top up the profile throughout the season.
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VIRTUAL BUS TOUR: SERIES 5    

This BUMPER virtual bus tour series has been made possible through a partnership between CANEGROWERS and two proactive government programs.

Australian Government
Reef Programme
(formerly Reef Rescue)

 

Queensland Government
Rural Water Use Efficiency Initiative
- Irrigation Futures


SEASON 5, EPISODE 1
Farmers Brian & Jamie, Tully
Pooling resources to access new technology
We have kicked off with Tully cane growers Brian and Jamie Dore, joined by Graham Cripps from the local productivity services. The guys take turns to show us around the farm and talk us though some of the technology and innovations they've found have made a real difference for their farming operation.
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 2
Farmer Tom, Tablelands
Water use efficiency success with overhead irrigation
Our second story this season is that of Tom and Brad Maisel who have been converting flood/furrow irrigation areas to efficient low pressure overhead systems.  Water use efficiency has been enhanced by responding quickly to information from soil moisture probes.  
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 3
Farmer Mark, Burdekin
 Conjunctive use dewatering bore to address a rising groundwater problem
A pilot project in the Burdekin is showing promising early signs that conjunctive use dewatering bores could become an effective weapon in helping combat rising groundwater levels.  Five dewatering bores have been drilled on farms connecting to the Burdekin-Haughton Water Supply Scheme. 
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 4
Farmer Angle, Babinda
Land & water management in a high rainfall area
Managing large amounts of water can prove just as tricky as not having enough. This farm uses creativity and innovation to overcome the challenges of farm on land which gets a whopping annual rainfall of 4,000mm. A year-round focus on land and water management strategies is essential to  minimise any impacts downstream as all that water moves towards the sea.
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 5
Farmer Joe, Herbert River
 Building new cane farms using best management practices
Visit the Grottelli family’s project to restore 202 hectares of failed tree plantation land back to sugarcane production in the Herbert River district. The paddocks have been laser levelled to improve drainage and limit the potential for runoff and the long drills are set up for GPS-guided minimal till farming. 
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 6
Farmers Tony, Mark & John, Mackay
 Low pressure irrigation delivers cost savings and yield gains
A direct comparison between a new low pressure centre pivot and a high pressure soft hose irrigator has shown savings of $33 a hectare on Tony, Mark and John Bugeja’s Mackay district farm. See how it is fed by recycled water and how runoff is collected in a dam to ensure environmental as well as economic benefits.
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 7
Farmers Tony, Mark & John, Mackay
 Controlled traffic farming on a BMP farm
What are the benefits of setting up zonal tillage and using GPS? Visit a cane farm at planting time as John Turner from Mackay Area Productivity Services explains how this farming method of guiding the wheel tracks of farm machinery is set up to reduce soil compaction and, later at harvest, damage to the cane plant. Zonal tillage is integral to the first seven modules of Smartcane BMP.
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 8
Farmer Joe, Mackay
 Low pressure overhead irrigation for water use efficiency
A 480m centre pivot irrigates 56 hectares of land including sloping blocks on the Muscat family farm at Oakenden. Readings from soil probes guide the programming for each irrigation event. Two years into its operation, Joe and Steve Muscat explain how they’ve realised energy savings and productivity gains.
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 9
Farmer Gary, Proserpine
 Gary Raiteri talks rural water use efficiency technology
Soil probes and weather stations mean Gary Raiteri is irrigating his Proserpine crop only when it’s needed for maximum growth. In this segment, he takes us through the machinery, practices and technology they’ve implemented on farm, the results they’ve achieved, challenges they’ve faced and potential pitfalls..
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 10
Farmer Gerard, Mossman
 Puglisi sustainable sugar & cocoa farming & tourism
In this segment, the Puglisi's open the gate and show us around their farm, business and tourism venture. The Puglisis are well known for their work on and off the farm and were one of the first farm through the sugarcane industry's Smartcane BMP when it was released.
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SEASON 5, EPISODE 11
Farmers Mark & Brian, Bundaberg
 Lateral move irrigation pays off on Bundaberg farm
Bundaberg cane growers Mark and Brian Pressler have demonstrated that the benefit of installing a low
pressure irrigation system along with a more efficient mainline and pumping equipment has been a 60–70% reduction in energy used to pump irrigation water. They have also tapped into the sugar industry’s most extensive network of telemetric
soil moisture probes and weather stations.

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SEASON 5, EPISODE 12
Farmer Joe, Innisfail
 Targetting application of nutrients & herbicides
 Innisfail sugarcane grower, Joe Zappala, talks about targetting application of nutrients using modifications supported by the Australian Reef Government Program. Nutrients are applied underground to ensure the nutrients are delivered right to the root zone. He also uses a variable rate spray controller to improve accuracy in spray rates and efficiency in application. It's a win for the environment and productivity.
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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & WHOLE FARM PLANNING

INTEGRATED PLANNING   INTEGRATED PLANNING


Farmer Gerard, Mossman
Environmentally conscious cane farming near the GBR
As a fourth generation cane farmer, Gerard want to make sure he was managing his land sustainably and keeping his soil, fertiliser and pesticides on his paddocks — and not heading out to the Great Barrier Reef.With government support, he's been able to do this. To spread the word about what the industry is doing, he's opened his Mossman farm up to tourists and fronted a TV commercial. "These efforts are starting to pay off, with evidence showing water quality is improving," he says. "By reducing my fertiliser run-off, I’m helping to prevent more frequent outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish, one of the biggest impacts on the reef. I am proud to be working to protect the Great Barrier Reef."
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Farmers Bryan & Terry, Burdekin
Precision Agriculture & Whole Farm Planning
Bryan and Terry Granshaw trialled a number of practices on farm to find a system that works for them. After implementing controlled traffic, minimum till and GPS, they bought a variable rate liquid and granular fertiliser applicator to their farm.  The whole operation is administered using a nifty little electronic system which helps them keep records and plan.
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TECHNOLOGY & FARM MANAGEMENT   GOOD PRACTICE GOOD FOR WATERWAYS


Farmer Mark, Cairns Region
GPS mapping making farming easier
GPS technology and an off the shelf computer program is making life easier on Mark Savina's Cairns Region cane farm.
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Farmer Steve, Babinda
Good farming practice for water quality wins

Steve Calcagno knows how important it is to look after his land. 
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NITROGEN TRIALS   NEW VIDEOS COMING SOON


Farmer Doug, Mossman
Reducing nitrogen use trials with legumes & GPS

Mossman grower Doug Crees has been working with CSIRO researcher Tony Webster, trialling nitrogen replacement to assess its potential for reducing nitrogen fertiliser inputs into cane after a legume fallow with some early successes. He is also looking at adapting GPS across his farm with assistance from Reef Rescue which should allow the Mossman farm to reduce tillages down from four passes back to one. 
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TARGETING NUTRIENTS & AG CHEMS

FERTILISING   FERTILISING


Farmer Jeff, Ingham
Reducing fertiliser use

Fertilising, ground preparation and Stool splitter targeting nutrient application under ground, optimum placement for uptake and containing inputs on farm.  GPS precision on Jeff Cantamessa's Ingham cane farm.
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Farmer Phil, Mackay

Targeting nutrient & chemical application
Growers are known for building clever on farm innovations, and one of their favorite innovations are ways to modify machinery to increase efficiency and reduce the impact of farming on the environment With the help of Reef Rescue funding organised by CANEGROWERS and Reef Catchments, the Deguaras bought in a fertiliser applicator rig from Western Australia, where it was already set up to 1.8m row spacings. Phil Deguara tells us about the variable rate controller they've added to control the fertiliser application and are now going to use it to apply confidor to the blocks infected with cane grubs.  Reef Rescue funding also helped the Deguaras invest in a ‘Rain Controller’ system including GPS, which is set up to do a number of jobs around the farm.
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FERTILISING   FERTILISING


Farmer Justin, Childers
Precision application of fertiliser

Justin has five different row spacings on his farm, so he uses a hydraulically driven precision applicator. The hydraulically driven applicator is controlled through a user-friendly console, which allows the optimal amount of fertiliser to be used, without wastage. The fertiliser is applied to three rows in one pass, and then watered in. Justin Anderson, Childers cane grower
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Farmer Robert, Mackay
Targetting chemical use with hooded sprayers

Robert Craig has just nearly finished converting his farm entirely to 1.8 spacing and matching wheel spacing to reduce compaction and conserve fuel use on this Mackay cane farm.  He has used GPS to re-align his blocks to help with irrigation and harvesting.  Now with help from the Reef Rescue, he has been able to access a shielded sprayer which has the potential to lower cost in weed control. Robert says he believed that fertiliser applied sub-surface has less potential to become mobile after heavy rain and this is why he uses a three row stool splitter for fertilising.
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FERTILISING   FERTILISING


Farmer Vince, Mackay
Watering In

Centre pivots can water a large area in less time than other irrigation methods. Vince Germanotta uses a centre pivot irrigation system to water-in fertiliser straight after contractors apply fertiliser. There is virtually no nutrient loss on his farm from this method. Vince Germanotta, Mackay 
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Farmer Tony, Childers
Efficient Surface Application

Tony Champman has developed a three-row fertiliser applicator for use on his Childers sugarcane farm. The applicator fits on a trailer; is able to be driven on roads due to it being fitted on a turntable; can hold three tonnes; and can weigh the fertiliser as it is loading. The applicator is built to surface-apply fertiliser the most efficient way possible. The shaft speed can be adjusted to ensure the right amount of fertiliser is being applied, and as it is weighed, the amount can be controlled perfectly. 
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FERTILISING   FERTILISING


 
Farmer Geoff, Childers & Farmer Sam, Innisfail
Calibration
Geoff says that to achieve the desired amount of fertiliser, calibration using mathematical equations and scales to weigh the fertiliser are used on sugarcane farms. This video also shows how to calibrate a fertiliser box. Sam tells how his fertiliser box was calibrated to ensure the optimal amount of fertiliser was applied..  Geoff Plath, Farnsfield (Isis) & Sam Spina, Innisfail
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Farmer Peter, Mossman & Farmer Geoff, Isis & Farmer Sam, Innisfail
Subsurface Appliation

Subsurface application is a very efficient way to apply fertiliser to sugarcane. Peter Tabaldi bought his farm 20 years ago and the farm was not efficiently designed. He decided to construct a drain and re-forest the drain area to reduce farm run-off. He has laser levelled his fields, and implemented underground pipes. He also uses a subsurface applicator for fertiliser on his farm. Geoff uses a hydraulically driven, three-row subsurface fertiliser applicator. This machine uses scallop disks to form grooves in the soil, allowing the fertiliser to be applied under the green cane trash blanket. Sam Spina looks at a three-row, subsurface applicator with a trash incorporator used to apply fertiliser under the ground. The machine features rollers to ensure the fertiliser is pushed below the surface of the trash blanket.Peter Tabaldi, Mossman cane grower, Geoff Plath, Isis & Sam Spina, Innisfail .
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FERTILISING   FERTILISING


Farmer Brian, Tully
Liquid One Shot

Liquid is another way to apply fertiliser which is efficient and can be faster than applying it granularly. With the assistance of the federal government’s Reef Rescue funding, Tully cane grower Brian Machan was able to convert his boom sprayer to coulters which cut the trash and a subsurface applicator which applies the Liquid One Shot about 2cm under the green cane trash. The machine is electronically controlled to allow for 1.83m, 1.9m and 2m rows.
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Farmer Phil, Mackay
Precision Agriculture in Fertilising

Block by block application is utilised by sugarcane growers to match the amount of fertiliser used to the soil type, and the soil’s need in a specific area. The Deguaras use soil testing and mapping in conjunction with a fertiliser box with a variable applicator. All fertilising and spraying is mapped using a GPS and all jobs are logged.
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ZONAL MUD   MILL ASH


Farmer Gerry, Mackay 
& Farmer Elton, Maryborough
Zonal Mud

A custom-made mill mud applicator has been designed for use on Gerry Deguara’s Mackay farm. Elton Petersen, Maryborough, has converted a manure applicator for use for mill mud application on his sugarcane. He also talks about the use of a bed renovator..
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Farmer Ramon, Ingham
Mill Ash

Ramon Marbelli uses zonal application of mill ash underneath the root zone on his Ingham sugarcane farm. Mill ash is applied under the root zone in the furrow to allow for better nutrient take-up and less nutrient loss. Mill ash application is a way to improve heavy clay soils and poor weather conditions. .
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SEDIMENT MANAGEMENT   NITROGEN FROM LEGUMES


Farmer Phil, Tully 
& Farmer Sam
Sediment Management

The use of sediment and silt traps on sugarcane farms is an efficient way of reducing nutrient run-off and improving water quality. Tully cane grower Phil Tarditi has constructed sediment traps on his sugarcane farm in Tully. One is optimally located on a corner with stabilised banks. It collects sediment from adjacent farms and reserves. Rocks are used to slow down the water and as a natural filter. Another collects water from the fields. Innisfail grower Sam Spina has used laser levelling on farm, building in a 1% gradient. The water used on paddocks is carried away through a number of spoon drains. Laser levelling reduces depressions on farming land, solving the problem of major grass issues in sugarcane paddocks.
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Farmer Gavin, Burdekin 
& Farmer Sam, Innisfail
Nitrogen from Legumes

Soybeans can be used as a source of nitrogen for sugarcane. Burdekin cane grower Gavin Kedar plants soybeans alongside the sugarcane (companion planting) to reduce the amount of nitrogen applied manually. Innifail cane grower Sam Spina grows a summer crop of soybeans very successfully, which fixes nitrogen in the soil. He is currently part of a winter soybean crop trial. 
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COMPOST   COMPOST


Farmer Adrian, Maryborough 
& Farmers John & Dennis, Mackay
Compost Application

With the assistance of Reef Rescue funding, Maryborough cane grower Adrian Ross has constructed a compost applicator for use on his sugarcane farm. The applicator is automated, and drops the compost beside the disk-opener. Being a two-row applicator, it can be transported via road. Mackay grower John Werner uses a compost/mill mud applicator on his sugarcane. The machine employs disks to cut the trash, which allows for the compost or mill mud to be applied directly to the soil. Disks then follow the application of compost/mill mud and cover the groove back up with trash.
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Farmer John & John, Mackay
Compost

Mackay's John Walker uses a turner, which is designed to bring the outside of a mound of compost into the middle. John Ross says that to ensure a quality compost product, it is important to monitor the compost daily. The turning of compost means the outside product is heated up to 55°C inside the mound of compost, and therefore decomposes quicker. As the product matures, it cools to a 35-40°C level and is therefore ready to be applied on field.
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Farmer Joe, Innisfail
Nutrient management & 6 Easy Steps

applying for support from funding from programs like the proactive Reef Rescue program.  Joe also talks about the six easy steps process on his farm nutrient management
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WATER MANAGEMENT

IRRIGATION   DRAINAGE


Farmer Russ, Burdekin
Water automated irrigation trials & targeted input application

Russell Jordan has been trialling an automated irrigation system on his Burdekin cane property to target water applications, even when he is not around to switch the water on and off himself.  He also has a GPS for the farm tractor and variable rate applicator for his fertiliser box. Now he says you can sit down, dial it up through the GPS screen, capture what fertiliser, record it, set it all in. You can also change rates through the paddock if needed or even change blocks or change farms.  He says it’s just so much simpler - no changing chains or cogs or anything like that.
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Farmer Jeff, Maryborough
Reused water for irrigation

Access to a reused water scheme has given local Maryborough growers, such as Jeff Atkinson, confidence to run pivots to irrigate cane crops.
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IRRIGATION   DRAINAGE

Farmer Maryann, Tablelands
Automated Overhead Irrigation Systems

Maryann Salvetti is a busy cane grower who has worked out how to save time travelling between properties to turn on and off irrigators with an automated system she can control from her phone.
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Farmer Angelo, Tully cane grower
Drainage
Tully cane growers Angelo and Stephen Crema talk about how they conducted earthworks on their Tully cane farm to slow down water and drainage system they've created, which had increased the productivity of their land.
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    DRAINAGE
   

Farmer Alf, Tully cane farmer
Subsurface drainage

Tully cane grower Alf Nucifora talks through some innovative ideas he deployed on his Tully cane farm to improve cane growth though improving his draining system his extensive underground subsurface draining system to address the severe water logging which hampered his productivity
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BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

EXAMPLE WETLANDS   CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS

Farmer Brian, Tully
Brian Dore's Wetland

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Farmer Mario, Ingham
Mario Porta's Wetland

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Farmer Martin, Mackay
Martin Thompson's Wetland

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Farmer Lawrence, Mackay
Lawrence Bugeja's Wetland

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Tree Planting
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Plant Selection
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Construction
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Design
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Modelling
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NATURAL WETLANDS   RESEARCH

Rehabilitation
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Restoration
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Protecting fish habitats
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MONITORING

MONITORING   MONITORING

The test kit
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Testing surface water
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Choosing a sample site
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Counting water bugs
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Climate Variability

 

This section has been made possible through a partnership between CANEGROWERS and two proactive government programs

Australian Government
Reef Programme
(formerly Reef Rescue)

Queensland Government
Rural Water Use Efficiency Initiative
- Irrigation Futures