MEMBERS ONLY

Demonstration Sites

An example of a Soil Wealth demonstration site can be seen at www.facebook.com/SoilWealthCowra.
More of these demonstration sites are being set up and growers can follow the progress of each of them on Facebook.
 

Soil Improvement Plans

The project will also be working with advisors to develop Soil Improvement Plans and track how vegetable farms are progressing over three years using a Soil Wealth Test, which is currently in development).
Any growers or advisers who would be interested in being involved can fill in an an expression of interest at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PRY5ZNH
 

Soil Wealth Website

A Soil Wealth website is currently being constructed, which will function as the platform for all e-information on Soil Wealth for vegetables. This will include numerous brief, but informative fact sheets.

Soil Borne Diseases Masterclass

The project will also be holding a Soil Borne Diseases MasterClass in August/September 2015, which will be targeting leading growers and advisors.

Factors Affecting Soil Health

Soil health is affected by a variety of different factors including those in the following table, which lists the main soil constrains and practices for vegetable growers to manage them. 
 
# Soil constrains Practices to manage constrains
1 Soil borne diseases (and pests) Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrition, disease interactions
2 Loss of organic carbon (OC) Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrients
3 Soil biology (decline, imbalance) Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, soil testing
4 Nutrient issues
a.   Low nutrient levels
b.   Low nutrient use efficiency / uptake
c.    Nutrient imbalances
d.   Nutrient losses (leaching, runoff)
Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrients, soil testing
 
(irrigation management)
 
5 Soil structure decline:
a.   Compaction
b.   Poor drainage / infiltration
c.    Reduced water holding capacity
d.   Rootzone restriction
Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments
 
 
Also soil testing (irrigation management)
6 Salinity and sodicity Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrients, soil testing
7 Soil loss
a.   Wind erosion
b.   Water erosion / run-off / flooding
Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments
8 Weed pressure (seed bank)  
9 Soil pH Amendments, nutrients, soil testing
 

Contact

To provide feedback on the content and quality of extension products, or to talk to the project directors about issues or ideas, contact the following:

Gordon Rogers - Applied Horticultural Research or

Doris Blaesing - RM Consulting Group

Factors Affecting Soil Health

Soil health is affected by a variety of different factors including those in the following table, which lists the main soil constrains and practices for vegetable growers to manage them. 
 
# Soil constrains Practices to manage constrains
1 Soil borne diseases (and pests) Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrition, disease interactions
2 Loss of organic carbon (OC) Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrients
3 Soil biology (decline, imbalance) Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, soil testing
4 Nutrient issues
a.   Low nutrient levels
b.   Low nutrient use efficiency / uptake
c.    Nutrient imbalances
d.   Nutrient losses (leaching, runoff)
Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrients, soil testing
 
(irrigation management)
 
5 Soil structure decline:
a.   Compaction
b.   Poor drainage / infiltration
c.    Reduced water holding capacity
d.   Rootzone restriction
Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments
 
 
Also soil testing (irrigation management)
6 Salinity and sodicity Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments, nutrients, soil testing
7 Soil loss
a.   Wind erosion
b.   Water erosion / run-off / flooding
Cover and biofumigation crops, reduced tillage, amendments
8 Weed pressure (seed bank)  
9 Soil pH Amendments, nutrients, soil testing

 

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This project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.