Agronomy

Soil Wealth: Healthy soils for profitable vegetable crops

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Healthy soil is the lifeblood of Australian vegetable producers, and most growers are keen to manage their soils in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

In a survey in 2013, growers identified management of soil borne diseases, biofumigation, interpretation of soil test reports and training in soil biology (such as organic supplements or activators) as key areas where they would like to improve their skills.

Growers wanted information to be accessible, practical and relevant to individual commercial farming operations.

The project website brings together the key resources for growers and advisors to make decisions on their farms.

This project, jointly run by RMCG and AHR, aims to develop capacity among growers, agronomists and advisers. This will support soil management that achieves long-term crop returns for growers by using a focussed approach to deliver extension and capacity building.

It aims to deliver:

What is being done

The project will help growers to effectively use existing soil management information rather than generate more information. The project team will work closely with commercial and on-farm agronomists and growers to help add capacity to agronomic support services in Australia.

The project will feature regionally based demonstration sites with thematic focuses, such as biofumigation/cover crops, biology/managing soil carbon, reduced tillage, nutrition management and soil borne diseases. It will also provide reference sites for benchmarking and monitoring, and regional training and field days.

Implement the Fagans use for incorporating crop and cover crop residues while causing minimal soil disturbance

Bed former used for incorporating crop and cover crop residues while causing minimal soil disturbance

Biofumigant crops which help to control weeds and soil borne disease

Biofumigant crops which help to control weeds and soil borne disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get involved – Click here to complete an Expression of Interest

 

Videos

Reduced Till Vegetable Production – WHY?

Reduced Till Vegetable Production – HOW?

 

Publications

Fact sheet: Winter Cover Crops

Fact Sheet: Nitrogen Management 

Fact Sheet: Biofumigation

Fact Sheet: Reduced Till

Fact Sheet: Managing Soilborne Diseases

Project update

 

Demonstration Sites

Demonstration site: Soil Wealth Cowra

Demonstration site: Soil Wealth Gippsland

Demonstration site: Soil Wealth Bathurst 

Demonstration site: SoilWealthForthside 

Reference Site: Koo Wee Rup

 

For more information contact
Dr Gordon Rogers, Applied Horticultural Research Pty Ltd
gordon@ahr.com.au

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