RP192 Six Easy Steps Tool Box development for refined on farm nutrient management
The SIX EASY STEPS program (6ES) is accepted as best practice for nutrient management of sugarcane in Australia. The 6ES methodology provides a sound set of recommendations for a specific block of cane, but these generalised guidelines were never meant to be the end of the nutrient management process.
Given the need to improve water quality entering the GBR, opportunities to refine nutrient management on farm need to be explored. This is best achieved by enhancing the 6ES program with practical and reliable guidance for such refinement.
The proposed work will, therefore, address the lack of evidence-based and practical guidance for refining nutrient management of sugarcane in response to on-farm factors. The project will develop tools (decision support, case studies, and package trial results) to assist growers, working with an advisor, to identify, evaluate and implement options for nutrient refinement. Specifically, the toolbox will focus on recommendations for the following: legume fallow crops, crops harvested late in the season, older ratoons, sodic soils, water-logged soils, high performing sites and where mill-mud had been applied.
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