FutureCane: A major Queensland extension initiative that accelerated the adoption of improved farming systems

Willcox, T. G., Bell, M. J., Sing, N. and Allsopp, P. G. (2010). FutureCane: A major Queensland extension initiative that accelerated the adoption of improved farming systems. In: Proceedings of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. ISSCT XXVII: International Congress of Sugar Technology, Veracruz, Mexico, (1-12). 7-11 March 2010.

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Author Willcox, T. G.
Bell, M. J.
Sing, N.
Allsopp, P. G.
Title of paper FutureCane: A major Queensland extension initiative that accelerated the adoption of improved farming systems
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FutureCane: A major Queensland extension initiative that accelerated the adoption of improved farming systems
Futurecane: Une initiative majeure de vulgarisation qui a accelere l’adoption des nouveaux systemes de pratiques culturales au Queensland
Futurecane: Una iniciativa de extensión mayor en Queensland que aceleró la adopción de sistemas de manejo de cultivo mejorados
Conference name ISSCT XXVII: International Congress of Sugar Technology
Conference location Veracruz, Mexico
Conference dates 7-11 March 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Place of Publication Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.
Publisher International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 0096-7580
Volume 27
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Collection year 2011
Language eng
fre
spa
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In 2004, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (QDPI&F) collaborated with BSES Limited (BSES) to launch a major extension initiative called FutureCane. FutureCane was a three year State-wide extension program with the aims of promoting a sustainable and competitive cane growing sector, facilitating change in the sugar industry and assisting members of the cane growing sector to see a clearer picture of the future. State and regional steering and management committees were put in place to overview and implement the program. The main field focus was the accelerated adoption of new farming system components identified by the Yield Decline Joint Venture (YDJV), including various combinations of legume break crops, controlled traffic and reduced tillage, with an emphasis on profitability. QDPI&F provided the expertise on economics and the agronomy of break crops such as soybean, while BSES provided the expertise on cane growing. Extension methods employed included farm demonstrations, farm case studies and whole farm economic analysis. Baseline surveys were carried out to determine the current practice and progress was reviewed annually. Although uptake was relatively slow initially, the development of a Farm Economic Assessment Tool (FEAT) hastened adoption by emphasising the focus on improved profitability rather than productivity. By 2007, significant areas of cane were being grown under the new farming system throughout the Australian industry. The area using legume break crops increased by 4020 ha, controlled traffic increased by 20 133 ha and the area of reduced tillage plant cane increased by 17 071 ha. The program demonstrated the value of working collaboratively on an industry-wide basis to achieve results. This paper outlines the management structure of the FutureCane program focusing on the Farming Systems module and the practice change that occurred in the Australian sugarcane industry during the period 2004 to 2008.
Keyword FutureCane
Extension
Economics
Farming systems
Yield decline
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Abstract only in french and spanish. "In Press Since the XXVI Congress in 2007 the Society has decided to restrict its hard copy of the proceedings to a set of Abstracts of Congress Communications. Full versions of the communications are available on CD only. The Proceedings of all Congresses are available to members on the Members' Corner of the ISSCT website. A selection of communications presented at the last Congresses are published in the four Sugar Journals: International Sugar Journal/ Sugar Cane International, Sugar Journal, Zucker Industrie and Sugar Tech."

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