Menu
Business

Legumes prove profitable

A new report has shown Fraser Coast cane farmers will profit more by planting break crops.
A new report has shown Fraser Coast cane farmers will profit more by planting break crops. Contributed

QUEENSLAND economists have urged Fraser Coast canegrowers to avoid re-planting sugarcane to maximise profits this season.

A new report from the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation has shown canegrowers will profit more by planting legume crops as part of a rotation.

Agronomist Neil Haplin and economist Trish Cameron said maintaining legume break cropping increased profits even at times of high sugar prices.

Break cropping inserts a different type of crop into the main farming plan to reduce the impact of weeds, pests and diseases associated with sugarcane.

DEEDI tests showed profit dropped by more than $400 a hectare when sugarcane was replanted.

The tests showed break cropping increased yields from each sugarcane crop.

The report also showed costs in fertiliser and land preparation were reduced when plants such as peanuts and soybeans were planted as break crops.

Topics:  better business crops farmers legumes sugar cane


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Region faces wild wind

DESTROYED: Half of the roof of the Moranbah home was ripped off from the 104km/h wind.

Moranbah residents say weather is worse than the cyclone.

Heroic rescue saves life

CLOSE CALL: Leslie Cruthers and Buddha at the spot the playful pup fell into the Nogoa River.

Kayakers rush to save dog walker clinging to riverbank.

National super star at age 13

Competing in Rotorua, New Zealand earlier this year.

Dingo local takes on international motocross competition.

Local Partners