Located in central Queensland on the eastern seaboard of Australia, Mackay is home to a bustling sugar industry.
However, due to the region’s proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, farmers in area are required to comply with strict chemical runoff obligations to ensure environmental sustainability.
Susceptible to government audit, producers have turned to the Agtrix Farm 3.0 program and mobile app to monitor and track all spraying activities, while cutting down the copious amount of paperwork required.
Within its second year of release, working in partnership with Mackay Area Productivity Services (MAPS), over 20 per cent of Mackay producers replaced their traditional recording systems with the spacial software.
The software enables growers to record the chemical and nutrient applications to their own farm blocks and paddocks in a variety of different ways. It can be done in the field using a tablet, at home in front of the tv, sitting in an office shed on a pc or even on a mobile phone while topping up the herbicide tank.
Local grower Albert Deboni of Deveraux Creek who has been farming for over 38 years has transitioned to the software, and is pleased with its versatility.
Mr Deboni said he has found recording all nutrient and chemical activities on one portable device convenient.
“Even for someone’s like myself who isn’t very computer savvy I would recommend other growers not be scared to have a go,” Mr Deboni said.