Soil sodicity has a marked detrimental effect on sugarcane growth and yield. Gypsy is a Windows based software program designed to help Australian sugarcane growers make decisions on what rates of gypsum to apply to sodic soils. It also does various calculations related to soil and irrigation water salinity and sodicity.
The Gypsy Program was developed for use by advisory staff and growers, and is part of a ‘Toolkit for Improved Diagnosis and Management of Sodic Soils in the Australian Sugar Industry’ produced by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Sustainable Sugar Production in 2000.
The CRC no longer provides the toolkit but is available via James Cook University (JCU).
The Toolkit includes:
For queries about the Toolkit and Gypsy Program, please contact Dr Paul Nelson.
For other sugar cane online resources, tools and to view the guides online visit Sugar Research Australia.