A survey has shown the GRDC-supported Central Queensland Sustainable Farming Systems Project has had a significant impact on farming practices in the region over its first five years. The survey indicated the following: zero tillage rose from 24 to 77 per cent of cropping country; controlled traffic from 7 to 53 per cent (70 per cent of that up and down the slope); grain legume area rose 7.9 percent; fertilised cropping area up 11 percent, and the amount of nitrogen fertiliser applied to sorghum up from 14 to 24 kg/ha. The survey brought a 70 per cent response from grain growers associated with the research project. Project agronomists are also surveying growers outside the project to assess what impact the research may have had on them.

Seen here, fanning systems group facilitator Jayne Kuskie with grower David Storey in a sorghum field at 'Moongoo', Capella. The Storeys conducted trials for erosion control with minimum tillage, stubble retention and controlled traffic on these hectares.

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Contact: Ms Jayne Kuskie 07 4983 7400

Region North