Green Cane Trash Blanketing

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Protection-CaneSince 1990 there has been wide spread adoption of Green Cane Trash Blanketing technology by the Catchment’s Cane farmers.

Cane is replanted every four years with the annual crop in the intervening years (Ratoons) regrowing from the original stool.

The leaf and trash remaining after harvesting, which had traditionally been raked and burnt, remains in the field forming a protective ground cover.

This has resulted in over 95% of the 15,000 ha of land used for cane growing being protected by a trash blanket for 3 years of the 4 year crop cycle with very significantly reductions in sediment loss into waterways.