Tools and resources for sugarcane growers

Online tools and manuals

FEAT Online is a free tool to assist sugarcane growers measure farm profit and evaluate different farming system changes. Using FEAT allows you to test different farming options before making a financial commitment.

Read the dual herbicide sprayer user manual to learn how to set up, calibrate, use and maintain a dual herbicide sprayer, and apply herbicides effectively.

Use FertFinder to find the best fertiliser to suit your crop nutrient requirements.

The Treatment system toolkit outlines where and how different treatment systems can be used to improve water quality.

Trials and research in sugarcane production

We support our sugarcane industry through ongoing agricultural research, trials, agtech and development.

Results from research trials spanning more than 10 years are presented in the Sugarcane field trial compendium together with case studies.

Read about sugarcane economics, including the results of sustainable sugarcane production, to help you assess the costs and benefits of different management practices.

Learn about research in rotating crops with grain legumes to improve the productivity and profitability of sugar production from a Southern Sugar Solutions project.

Project Catalyst trials validated new farm management practices and improved environmental outcomes. This project involved 150 Queensland sugarcane growers and was managed by Catchment Solutions. Also read a Project Catalyst case study on variable nitrogen rate.

RP20 Burdekin Nitrogen Trials (PDF, 6.30MB) tested the Six easy steps guidelines for applying nitrogen, maintaining productivity and maximising profit in trials longer than a year. These trials were carried out by Sugar Research Australia. The results led to the development of the Complete Nutrient Management Planning for Cane Farming project, known as RP161. The project has expanded to work with sugarcane growers to adjust their nitrogen rates without compromising productivity and profitability in the:

  • Burdekin area
  • Mackay Whitsunday region
  • Isis area (Burnett Mary region)
  • Herbert catchment (Wet Tropics region)
  • Mulgrave-Russell catchment (Wet Tropics region).

The Queensland Reef Water Quality Program funds a range of other projects providing knowledge-based tools and advice to growers.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) provides economic modelling, and monitoring and evaluation of projects and delivers numerous workshops for growers based within Queensland. Phone 13 25 23 for more information.

Technology for sugarcane growers

Real-time data and AgTech can help you better understand your land, soil and crops.

Insights provided by data support better decision making and can lead to a more profitable and sustainable business.

Drone and mapping tech can be used to save on fertiliser costs and GPS guidance is being used for machinery.

Read more about Precision Agriculture for the Sugarcane Industry (PDF, 1.06MB).

Find AgTech products by searching the product directory.

Biosecurity preparedness

Make sure you're aware of the rules for biosecurity. There are 6 sugarcane biosecurity zones in place in Queensland.

The Biosecurity Plan for the Sugar Industry outlines key threats to the industry, risk mitigation plans, identification and categorisation of exotic pests and contingency plans.

Create your on-farm biosecurity plan to reduce the risk of introducing or spreading an infectious disease, pests or weeds. Preventative biosecurity measures can help contain outbreaks if they do occur. Encourage visitors to use the Farm Check-In tool when entering your agricultural property to minimise the spread of pests and diseases.

Follow the advice on managing and using agricultural chemicals safely in the Reef catchments.

Grants and funding

Find out about grants and funding to support producers in the the Reef catchments.

Education and training

We run regular workshops, field tours and shed meetings to keep you informed. Speak to your extension officer to find out about upcoming events and training.

Newsletters and social media—Sign up to DAF's agricultural newsletters and follow Queensland Agriculture on Facebook for the latest news.

Events—Check for upcoming industry events and training from Sugar Research Australia.

Industry publications—Find information from Australian Canegrower, Cane Connection, Australian Cane Farmers and Milling Matters.

Roadmap and research—Read about the sugarcane industry roadmap to 2040 and search through Sugar Research Australia's elibrary.

Industry associations—Connect with others through agriculture industry associations in Queensland.