TF11.9 Cane to Creek Russell Mulgrave Growers and the Nitrogen Story
This project will work with group of 30 producers (10 in the core group + 20 additional) over 2 years to increase adoption of best nutrient management practices to improve water quality, as well as pilot a grower adoption strategy that can be utilised by SRA and elsewhere. A combination of participatory on-farm demonstrations, real-time water quality monitoring and analysis, one-on-one extension, and group learning methods will be used. Experience in the Burdekin through the RP20 project (among many others) has shown that producers are more likely to trust water quality data if they are involved in the collection and process. Work run by BBIFMAC using Real Time Water Quality Monitoring Trailers in the Burdekin area has shown that growers are able to link their activities with water quality changes. Furthermore, producers who have been actively engaged with paddock scale monitoring through Paddock to Reef have been found to be comfortable discussing water quality issues and relating water quality to farm management.
The Reef Rescue and Reef Programme Water Quality Grants experience has highlighted that growers, even when subsidised to purchase the necessary equipment and technology to support change, may not adopt the full shift, such as adjusting nitrogen rates, without active extension and support.
This project will increase adoption of best and innovative strategies for reducing nitrogen runoff from cane farms in the Russell-Mulgrave catchment through the following:
- Utilisation of innovative grower engagement methodologies to understand barriers to adoption of strategies for nitrogen management and attitudes towards water quality issues
- Grower group interaction to form a network of informed, engaged, and pro-active growers that are connected by local waterways
- Real-time monitoring water quality monitoring of nitrates in runoff at the sub-catchment and farm level using a combination of the BBIFMAC designed RTWQM trailer, end of row event samplers, and hand-held NECi photometers through which growers and project leaders can interpret their own water quality on site in real time.
- On-farm demonstrations of a range of best and innovative practices that are selected by growers and will improve nutrient management practices.
- Actively engaging the grower group with a range of experts in water quality and farm management to bridge the gap between science and on-farm practices.
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