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Project Catalyst

Improving water quality through innovation

Project Catalyst has been funded through The Australian Government Reef Trust, WWF and The Coco-Cola foundation (through Catchment Solutions), and most recently, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. 


Project Catalyst aims to reduce the environmental impact that the sugarcane industry has on Queensland water ways and the Great Barrier Reef. Spanning three major sugarcane growing regions: Mackay and Proserpine, the Burdekin and the Wet Tropics, growers involved in Project Catalyst are provided with support to develop and trial innovative ideas to improve production and reduce their nutrient and chemical losses in off-farm run off.

Farmacist is pleased to be able to deliver the on-ground components and support to Catalyst growers in the Mackay and Burdekin regions.

Mackay region:

  • Low cost telemetry and soil moisture system to improve irrigation efficiencies 

  • Biological soil additives

  • Trickle irrigation in sugarcane

  • ​Reducing fertiliser rates following a green manure legume crop

  • Development of low cost, automated variable rate application maps

  • Development of herbicide strategies based on spatial location of weed pressure

  • Mixed varieties on Sodic Soils

Burdekin Region:

  • Enhance Efficiency Fertilisers

  • Banded Mill Mud

  • Low-cost telemetry

  • Monitoring ground water nitrates 

  • Mixed Species Fallows

  • Reducing fertiliser rates on nitrogen-efficient sugarcane varieties

  • Using crop sensors to determine nitrogen content of young sugarcane crops

  • Remote soil moisture sensing and telemetry

  • Alternate row irrigation

Project Catalyst trials include:

Project Catalyst is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government's Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and the Coca-Cola Foundation with support from WWF-Australia.

Project Catalyst video gallery

Nitrogen Rates

Nitrogen rates on nitrogen use efficient varieties.


Ground Water Nitrates

Monitoring and managing ground water nitrates.


Alternate Row Irrigation

Project Catalyst Trial - Alternate row irrigation.


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