Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane

Sugarcane is a tall growing monocotyledonous crop plant that is cultivated in the high rainfall, tropical and subtropical regions of Australia. Sugar is one of Australia's most important rural industries, worth around $1.75 billion to the Australian economy with Queensland accounting for 95% of Australia’s raw sugar production, and New South Wales providing just 5%.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre-Plant / Planting

    Rate: 0.8 - 1T/Ha (Dryland), <1.5T/Ha (Irrigated)

    Product: Standard Pellets, Organic Complete (or) Growers Special


    Stage: Ratoon Crop Topdress

    Rate: 400 - 500kg/Ha (Dryland), <750kg/Ha (Irrigated)

    Product: Standard Pellets, Organic Complete (or) Growers Special


    Application Method

    Surface apply on the cane row soon after harvest or otherwise bury (sub-surface band) pellets behind coulter and tine to a depth of 7 - 10cm (3 - 4") to each side of the cane row.

    As a top-dress application in ratoon crops, apply as a surface band along the row when cane canopy is approximately 50cm high, providing rainfall or overhead irrigation greater than 13mm is applied soon after fertiliser application.


    Application Considerations

    Use less fertiliser if conditions are suboptimal or if spacing are wider.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% for very sandy soil sand may be increased by 30% for heavy textured soils or where soil moisture conditions at planting are excellent.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% when planting equipment with narrow slit openers is used (the fertiliser concentration is increased around the seed).

    Rates may be increased by 50% when air seeders are used operating at high pressures with wide openers. Air seeders spread the fertiliser bands when operating at high pressures reducing the fertiliser concentration around the seed.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.