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A case study on the use of legume crop rotations in sugarcane

Young, R. and Poggio, M.J. (2007) A case study on the use of legume crop rotations in sugarcane. Project Report. Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland.



Growing legume fallow crops has proven to be an important factor in reducing the yield decline effect in sugarcane production. Legumes can also provide a direct economic benefit to sugarcane farmers by providing a source of nitrogen. Further, in some instances, income can flow from the sale, of grain or seed. The following case study provides an insight into the changes made by Russell Young, a sugarcane farmer situated in the Rita Island area of the Burdekin district. The case study focuses on the economics of the old farming system versus a new farming system.

The old farming system is based on the conventional farming practices previously used by the Young family in 2002 compared to the 2006 farming system which involves a reduction in tillage practices and use of a Soybean rotational crop for seed production. A whole-of-farm was used to assess the impact of the new farming system on farm profitability. A whole-of-farm economic analysis looks at the impact of a change in farming practice across the whole business, rather than focusing on one single component. This case study is specific to an individual grower’s situation and is not representative of all situations. When evaluating a farming system change, it is important to have a detailed plan.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Corporate Creators:Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Agriculture and Food
Projects:Future cane Program, BSES Limited, SRDC.
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries 2006.
Keywords:Crops; legumes; farming systems; yield; economic analysis; crop rotation.
Subjects:Plant culture > Field crops
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Farm economics. Farm management. Agricultural mathematics
Live Archive:01 Mar 2012 00:14
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:49

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