Wrestling Taipans and Wasting Money

Wrestling Taipans and Wasting Money

7 reasons why 1 tonne fertiliser bags need to go

1. Storage is a pain.

Storage for large one tonne bags takes up a lot of room in your shed that could be used for other more productive activities or could save you building the shed in the first place. Anyone who has stored Fertilizer knows that your shed and surround ground suffers. The concentrated nutrients cause rust and corrosion around the shed. Worse yet, if you are tight for space, moving your machinery outside to store the fertiliser leaves everything exposed to the elements.

Comparatively you can get a 27,000 litre molasses grade tank at around $5000 that doesn't rust, corrode or take up shed space to store your liquid fertiliser. It can be outdoors, easy to drive your fertilising rig right up and exceptionally easy to use.

2. Clumping & even distribution of nutrient

How many times have you had to break up clumped granular fertiliser in your hopper? Have you noticed your nutrient settling out unevenly in your bags or hopper. You are then going out and spreading the nutrients unevenly on to your crop.

3. Bag lifting costs you money.

Lifting bags costs you time, either your own or an employees. How many hours a week are wasted filling the hopper? We promise pumping up a tank is faster and far far easier.

The bag lifter itself needs to be maintained - Would your bag lifter pass a machinery inspection or WHS audit?

4. They can injure or kill workers.

One of the big thing’s growers tell us about is the worry they feel from having their workers or themselves placed in danger, under or near one tonne bags hanging from a bag lifter undoing the straps to load. Comparatively our Growers say it is so easy and safe to connect a camlock, start a pump and fill up. Like filling up at a servo. Have you ever read the safety requirements for handling and PPE on the back of a fertiliser bag tag? Check them out next time you are handling a bag.

5. After the job is done it is not done - Cleaning Up.

“After the job is done it is not done”, there’s still time and money to be wasted  gathering the bags, rolling them up and delivering them to a waste management plant which could be miles away from the property. Some growers have told us it saves them big time, not having to be concerned with bag disposal. Just apply the liquid Fertiliser to the paddock and walk away, job done.

6. So many snakes (& rats)!

How many times have you spooked free a Taipan or a horde of rats out of empty (or from around full) bags? Farmers and workers are faced with the real danger of tangling with deadly snakes or contracting “weil’s disease” [leptospirosis] from rat urine when collecting these bags from the paddock or shed for delivery to a recycling depot. As we all know it is very common for these animals to take refuge in or under one tonne bags.

7. They are harmful to the environment.

We all know plastic is great for the environment regardless of recycling endeavours or if they get washed down the creek. The elimination of these giant one tonne bags is a win - win situation both for the farmers operation and the environment, as more and more micro size plastic particles are being found in the world's oceans from the breakdown of these types of materials. Don’t let these bags kill off your crabs!

Mackay Demo Day

Queensland’s premier liquid fertiliser company LiquaForce will hold a demonstration afternoon south of Mackay to showcase their 5-row subsurface liquid applicator and range of liquid fertiliser products to local cane growers. The LiquaForce demo afternoon will be hosted by local growers the Zammit family at their farm at Bakers Creek, on Thursday the 6th of August from 3pm to 5pm with refreshments provided.

Burdekin's First 2020 Cut Report

First results from 2019 Burdekin fertilising season is coming in and the numbers look great!


It gives me great pleasure to reflect on 2019 and I’d like to thank you for playing a part in it. Despite challenges delivered to the sugar growing sector this year, it