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Implementing sustainable farming practices in the Herbert: The Oakleigh Farming Company experience

Carr, A.P. and Carr, D.R. and Carr, I.E. and Wood, A.W. and Poggio, M.J. (2008) Implementing sustainable farming practices in the Herbert: The Oakleigh Farming Company experience. In: 30th Annual Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Conference Proceedings. Townsville, Queensland. 29th April to 2nd May. Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT), pp. 25-33.

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Abstract

The Oakleigh Farming Company has been progressively changing its farming practices on its property at Cordelia in the Herbert River District. During the last ten years the changes have included the adoption of raised beds at 1.8m row spacing, controlled traffic and dual row planting using double disc opener planters. This paper describes some of the changes that have been made to the farming system and examines their impact on farm productivity and economic performance. Since changing to the current farming system, the farm gross margin has increased from $789/ha to $897/ha. In addition to the numerous cost savings, the new farming system has reduced the time spent on tractors by 54% across the whole farm. Return on investment on the 1997 farming system was 1.6% versus 2.7% on their current farming system. The farming company is continually looking for new ways to improve profitability and believes that innovation is critical for the long term sustainability of the sugar industry.

Item Type:Book Section
Business groups:Agriculture and Food
Additional Information:© The Sugar Research and Development Corporation.
Keywords:Farming practices; Raised beds; controlled traffic; dual row planting; sustainable production; FEAT; systems; productivity; economic performance; economic analysis.
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural economics
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Farm economics. Farm management. Agricultural mathematics
Deposited On:20 Feb 2012 03:45
Last Modified:12 Mar 2012 03:45

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