SRA invests in and manages a portfolio of research, development and adoption (RD&A) projects that drive productivity, profitability and sustainability for the Australian sugarcane industry. We know and understand the issues our members and levy payers face. We tackle these issues to find research solutions and new and better ways of doing things on-farm and at the mill.
As the lead RD&A agency for the Australian sugarcane industry, SRA plays a pivotal role investing in and researching activities related to the interaction between farming systems and water quality. With sugarcane being a major industry in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region it is important that sugarcane is represented at the table alongside the range of other industry partners. Becoming a partner enables us to hear firsthand the research and investment in water quality in our region. We can use these facts to guide research and adoption projects and help communicate the data with the wider community. Being a partner widens our network of potential collaborators for future projects and investment to support both water quality, and the sugar industry in our region. Being part of the Partnership helps put our farm scale water quality work into the bigger catchment picture. Membership allows us to see how farm scale practices can impact on the whole catchment, either positively or negatively.
SRA conducts a variety of water quality related projects. These aim to build industry knowledge on interactions between on-farm practice and water quality, whilst increasing profitability and sustainability of sugarcane farming systems.
The “Pathways to Water Quality Improvement in the Myrtle Creek Sub-catchment” project is based in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region. This project works with growers in the Myrtle Creek sub-catchment to implement new or different practices to help understand the water quality and economic implications of these practices. Principles such as “less on, less off”, “pay attention to timing” and “right product, right rate, right time, right place” are explored.