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Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE investigates sub-surface applications of mill mud

As part of Project CaNE’s ‘Clear As Mud’ Demonstration Program, growers across the Herbert have had the opportunity to assess various mill mud application rates and methods on their farms. At one of the sites, the project team is investigating the sub-surface application of mill mud. Sub-surface applications can provide benefits to the grower, as Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE Team begins harvesting Demonstration sites

During August, the Project CaNE team began to harvest Demonstration sites. HCPSL staff member, Bailey Kilpatrick captured these photos whist assisting the harvester crew at one of the various demos sites across the Herbert. The team looks forward to sharing results and findings from these demonstrations with growers in the future. This demonstration site is Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Project CaNE | Project Catalyst

EM Mapping – Getting the most out of your map

Last month, the HCPSL Project Catalyst & Project Cane teams hosted two EM Mapping workshops. The workshops aimed at ‘Getting the most out of Your Map’ by providing growers with a better understanding for the EM data collection, map interpretation and how they can utilise maps effectively with guidance from their agronomic advisor. Growers enjoyed Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Soil and Nutrient Management

CRC Soil conference in Adelaide – HCPSL getting action on the ground.

The Soil CRC (for High Performance Soils) was established in 2017 to give farmers the knowledge and tools they need to make decisions on extremely complex soil management issues. It bridges the gap between soil science and farm management, ensuring that soil performance is increased not just in the short term, but in the long Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Key Take Away Messages – Project CaNE Back to Basics Virtual Series

To conclude Project CaNE’s Back to Basics Virtual series, the team has put together some key take away messages from each of the episodes. By creating these videos the Project CaNE team hope growers across the Herbert can access information in an easy-to-understand, convenient format. HCPSL aims to continually improve and adapt the way we Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 8: The Nitrogen Cycle

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 8: The Nitrogen Cycle In the final episode of the Back to Basics series, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Ellie McVeigh explains the Nitrogen Cycle. Throughout the video, the various stages and forms of nitrogen are discussed. Ellie highlights what processes must occur for nitrogen to be available to your sugarcane Read more…

Project CaNE

A Different Perspective on the River: Herbert River Info Session

You’re invited to come and see what the Herbert river looks like and how it changes as it passes through the various parts of the landscape. We’ll be showing drone video and photography from the last five years, from the headwaters to the mouth, and sharing experiences and perspectives of changes in the river and Read more…

Soil and Nutrient Management

DISHING THE DIRT ON MICROBES

HCPSL staff (Company Manager Lawrence Di Bella & Project Catalyst team member Bethany Donker) recently attended a Terrain workshop on ‘Activating your Soil Microbiome’ with Dr. Christine Jones. Dr. Jones is a highly respected ground cover and soil ecologist with global knowledge and experience in supporting landholders to understand soil health, biodiversity, carbon emissions, and Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Variety Management

PRESS RELEASE: It’s time to plant your Approved Seed Cane!

Research undertaken by HCPSL, and SRA clearly shows that growers who use Approved Clean Seed from HCPSL grow on average 11 tonnes of cane per hectare more cane than those who don’t use clean cane. Using Approved Clean Seed is an easy way to increase farm productivity.   This year HCPSL has billet harvesters in Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics: Episode 7 – What is Gypsum?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 7: What is gypsum? In this week’s Back to Basics video, HCPSL Extension Agronomist, Adam Royle covers ‘What is Gypsum?’. Following on from last week’s episode, he explains the difference between gypsum and other ameliorants. Adam also discusses how gypsum works to ameliorate sodic soils. As always, if you Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics: Episode 6 – What are soil ameliorants?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 6: What are soil ameliorants? This week Adam Royle, HCPSL Extension Agronomist, talks about soil ameliorants. He explains what ameliorant options are available and how they differ. Throughout this episode, Adam discusses lime, gypsum, and mill-by products as common forms of ameliorants in the Herbert. Adam touches on some Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Precision Agriculture | Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: JCU student is working with HCPSL to try identifying RSD using satellite technology

Ethan’s Story: My name is Ethan Waters, I am in my 4th year for a double bachelor’s in electrical engineering and data science. I am currently conducting my honours thesis with the goal of detecting RSD with the satellite sentinel-2. I am in the process of developing a free prototype program that will inform farmers Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics: Episode 5 – How to do a pH test in the field

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 5: How to do a pH test in the field Following on from last week’s episode, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Adam Royle demonstrates how to conduct a soil pH test in the field. Adam highlights situations that it may be useful to conduct your own field pH test. Make sure Read more…

Soil and Nutrient Management

Soil Microbiome Workshop with Dr. Christine Jones

Activating your soil microbiome workshop, with Dr Christine Jones About this event Join Dr Christine Jones as she explains the impacts of inorganic NPK on the soil microbiome and discusses the actions farmers can take to reduce their reliance on expensive inputs – while still achieving the productivity and profitability outcomes they are seeking. You’ll Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 4: What is soil pH?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 4: What is pH? In this week’s Back to Basics video, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Adam Royle chats about soil pH. Throughout the video Adam unpacks what causes low soil pH, why a low pH is problematic to crop growth and how to improve your soil pH. On a few Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 3: What is soil CEC? And why is it important?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 3: What is soil CEC, and why is it important? In this episode, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Adam Royle explains Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC). He discusses the importance of being aware of your soils CEC, and what factors determine the CEC. Finally, Adam explains how CEC levels impact your lime Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Press Release | Project Catalyst

Press release: Keep an eye out for Rats

Rat numbers are on the increase across the Herbert cane growing region. Growers are urged to monitor crops for rat infestations over the next few months and take the necessary action to manage this pest before significant crop damage occurs. Lodged and open crops, since the recent rains have allowed for weeds to emerge within Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 2: What is Soil Texture?

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 2: What is Soil Texture? In this video, HCPSL Extension Agronomist Ellie McVeigh discusses soil texture. Ellie provides a basic overview of soil texture, and how texture impacts nutrient & water holding capacity. Finally, the video covers how to conduct a ‘Ribbon Test’ in the field. Links to the Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: HCPSL Warren’s Hill GPS Base Station is operational

PRESS RELEASE HCPSL Warrens Hill GPS base station is operational. Recently HCPSL has made a significant investment, with the installation of a new GPS base station to its community network. The new base station will operate on frequency 466.1000. Like all HCPSL base stations in its network, it has been surveyed in for transferability between Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Back to Basics – Episode 1: Soils of the Herbert with Dr. Andrew Wood

Back to Basics Virtual Series Episode 1: Soils of the Herbert with Dr. Andrew Wood Dr. Andrew Wood has been involved in the Australian Sugar Industry since the early 1980’s, working for CSR in the Herbert district. Andrew initiated a detailed soil mapping and analysis program, eventually covering over 50 000ha of the Herbert. Additionally, Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE launches Back to Basics Virtual Series

Over the past few years, HCPSL has offered various Back to Basics Workshops to Herbert Growers. This year, as part of Project CaNE, the team has created a Back to Basics Virtual series. The Back to Basics Virtual series will cover a range of topics, focusing on soil properties, nutrition, and ameliorants. Each topic will Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Press Release

Press Release: Theft of cane from Approved Seed Plot

Last week cane was stolen from one of the HCPSL Approved Seed plots. The variety stolen was SRA36. If you have any information pertaining to the theft it can be reported confidentially to the HCPSL Manager by phoning 0448 084 252 or emailing ldibella@hcpsl.com.au HCPSL has cameras located at some of its Approved Seed plots Read more…

Pests and Diseases

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WEED? IPOMOEA TUBEROSA

Weeds on the HCPSL watch list: Have you seen this weed? Ipomoea tuberosa has been recently located in the Abergowrie area. About the plant Merremia tuberosa is a climbing vine that is native to Mexico and parts of central America that has become invasive on various Pacific islands and parts of the United States. The vine Read more…

Tissue Culture | Variety Management

Tissue Culture Plants Dispatched to Growers

Almost 16,000 tissue culture sugarcane plants were received by Herbert growers from HCPSL last week. HCPSL will have ordered over 30,000 tissue cultured plants this year. The next shipment of plants will arrive from the nursery around September this year. This year growers have ordered new varieties like SRA 26, SRA28, SRA31 and SRA36 and Read more…

Project CaNE

Project CaNE Electronic Record Keeping Tool and Fertiliser Rate & Price Comparison Tool

This year along with a CaNE Plan, Project CaNE growers will have the opportunity to utilise both an Electronic Record Keeping Tool and a Fertiliser Rate & Price Comparison Tool.   The project team hope that by providing an electronic alternative to traditional record keeping, it will allow for convenient, digital recording of applications for Read more…

Cultivate Farms Project

CULTIVATE FARMS – Cultivator Investment Ready Program

Our friends at Cultivate Farms are changing the game for farmers ready to realise their farm ownership dreams.  Now open for applications, the Cultivator Investment ready program gets farmers ownership and farm investment-ready. Participants will be resourced and coached to produce a farm pitch, with a financial modelling, a three-minute summary pitch video and the Read more…

Approved Clean Seed | Pests and Diseases | Variety Management

SEED INSPECTIONS: Call to arrange your seed inspection now

Think about getting your seed inspections done now and which blocks you may use this year. Inspection of grower seed blocks for planting by HCPSL has commenced again this year. Once again, HCPSL will be using the new qPCR method to check cane for RSD. The qPCR method uses DNA diagnostic technology to diagnose the Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Project CaNE | Project Catalyst | Soil and Nutrient Management | Variety Management

HCPSL Walk & Talk 2022

On the 9th of March, HCPSL held the annual Walk & Talk Day for 2022. Over 120 growers from across the Herbert district attended the event. Growers had the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding on a range of topics including – fallow crops, new varieties, tissue culture, chemicals, and harvester management. The HCPSL Team Read more…

Press Release

Extension Agronomist Position here at HCPSL

Reports to: The HCPSL Manager, with guidance from the HCPSL Technical Services Team Leader.Position Purpose• The Extension Agronomist delivers training and extension to sugarcane farmers in the Herbert area.• Training and extension delivery focus will be on sugarcane farming systems, crop nutrition, crop agronomy, pest and disease management, farming practices and improvements that address farm Read more…

Cultivate Farms Project

Cultivate Farms Pitching Event – Queensland

Meet the best Queensland farmers pitching their farm enterprise to investors Date & Time Online event. Thursday 3rd March 2022 9am to 12noon AEST About this event This event is for Queensland farm investors, regional community champions, aspiring farmers and retiring farmers. Hear from aspiring Queensland farmers (recent Cultivator graduates). Each farmer has their farming enterprise ready Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

The Project CaNE Team brings soil properties Back to Basics.

Last week, Project CaNE and Dr Andrew Wood delivered a series of 3 workshops across the district. The workshops covered key soil properties including – soil texture, soil CEC, pH, liming, Organic Carbon and Nitrogen. The aim of these interactive workshops was to give growers a practical understanding of how these properties influenced their fertiliser Read more…

Precision Agriculture | Project Catalyst | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project Catalyst: Grower Support Program now OPEN for 2022!

Herbert growers are invited to express their interest in Project Catalyst’s Practice Change and Grower Support Program in 2022. This program offers growers a chance to be involved with innovative practices, agronomic advice, demonstration trials and grower information sessions. Participating growers will receive agronomic support to evaluate their current farming system and identify and adopt Read more…

Pests and Diseases | Press Release

Press Release – Feral Pig Funding

  PRESS RELEASE.     Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark Furner More funding to fight feral pests Local governments and Landcare groups across Queensland will receive grants totalling almost $1 million to support projects that reduce the impact of invasive plants and animals. Minister for Read more…

Project CaNE | Soil and Nutrient Management

Project CaNE™ 2022 Expressions of Interest now OPEN!

Project CaNE™ is offering growers the opportunity to develop a whole farm nutrient CaNE Plan™. Based on Six Easy Steps, CaNE Plan™ is an easy to use, paper-based nutrient management and record keeping tool that is reef regulation compliant and can be used towards BMP accreditation. Free to eligible growers, Project CaNE™ agronomists are looking Read more…

Press Release

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