International Sugar Journal

Profitability and environmental implications of practice changes driven by soil health in Central and Northern Queensland* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         This work explores the economic and environmental benefits of adopting practice changes to manage soil health by examining a wider scope of practice changes related to soil health in the Herbert, Burdekin and Mackay regions.  It expands on previous evaluations that considered Smartcane’s Best Management Practice changes in the Wet Tropics.  Economic, biophysical and farm management data before and after the practice changes were supplied by three growers from these regions.  The Farm Economic Analysis Tool and Cane Life Cycle Assessment tool were used to quantify the farm profitability and environmental implications of the changes.  Despite the different strategies…

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