Farmers visit reef program projects
CANE growers in Isis supply have taken part in a Farmers Teaching Farmers bus tour around the region.
Farmers Teaching Farmers is an initiative that allows growers to demonstrate the implementation and outcomes of projects funded through the Australian Government Reef Program.
The projects are designed to improve the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon and enhance the reef's resilience to the threats posed by climate change and nutrients, pesticides and sediment runoff.
The bus trip was organised by Canegrowers Isis and Isis Productivity to allow growers to demonstrate their projects and outcomes, best management practices, innovation and equipment to other growers.
Cane growers Isis field officer Sandra Webb said the tour took in farms in the Isis, Alloway and Wallaville districts.
She said growers had a chance to have a look at a range of technologies, such as low pressure pivot irrigation on hilly country at Wallaville, using telemetry and sensors to maximise irrigation practices using both high and low pressure irrigators, the use of land forming and laser levelling to improve run off catchment and composting to improve the health and structure of soil to reduce the possibility of erosion.
"Growers on the tour listened with interest to the landholders at each of the project sites and were keen to hear the benefits gained from the implementation of these best practice strategies," Ms Webb said.
The biggest barrier to growers making changes to their own farming enterprises was financial constraints.
One grower said that' was why government funding such as the reef program was so effective.
"It allows us to make changes we may not have had the money to do before," he said.