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Get the right advice on soil tests.. When taking the results from test values to fertilizer recommendations, a Fertcare accredited adviser has the training to assess those results, in conjunction with a grower's situation including rainfall, crop, and soil type, to prepare a fertiliser plan," he said... " the results give advisers confidence in the ability of particular soil tests to predict is there is a yield response to be had, and are one of the reasons it is best to ensure your advisor is Fertcare accredited, so you know they have access to this information," Dr Norton said...
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Website provides crop soil health check.. Grain growers across the state are increasingly logging into Australia's world-leading soil quality monitoring program through the Soil Quality Website ( www.soilquality.org.au )... Professor Murphy says the website's popularity is growing as WA growers strive to better understand soil properties that will boost production, profits and longer-term soil resilience...
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Website provides crop soil health check.. Grain growers across the state are increasingly logging into Australia's world-leading soil quality monitoring program through the Soil Quality Website ( www.soilquality.org.au )... Professor Murphy says the website's popularity is growing as WA growers strive to better understand soil properties that will boost production, profits and longer-term soil resilience...
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Biochar, compost teas and other biological treatments are all suggestions for improving soil biology... After 14 years of no-till farming on the 1420-hectare property 'Magomadine', east of Coonamble, run with her husband Ray, the high-school-maths-teacher-turned-agronomist says the soil biology has not lifted as they had hoped when they introduced no-till to reverse damage done by cultivation and soil loss during the 1994 drought... Anne, who chairs the 300-member NSW-based Conservation Agriculture and No-Till Farming Association (CANFA), began her foray into soil biology after attending a biology school run by US scientist Dr Elaine Ingham three years ago...
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DAFWA researcher Derk Bakker after digging in a ‘flume’ to measure water run-off and making channels across the trial plot to trap the water... "Non-wetting soils - caused by the presence of waxy surfaces on the sand particles - can be a major impediment to crop germination and productivity in many WA soils, including forest gravels," Dr Bakker said... "While the plough did not greatly improve the wettability of the soil, the cultivation facilitated root growth and improved water penetration, which would have enhanced the accessibility of phosphorus to crops," Dr Bakker said...
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This project aims to develop DNA tests to quantify Free Living Nematode (FLN) groups in soil, which will be useful indicators of soil quality... Nematodes are useful biological indicators of soil health because they: occur in all soils; are readily extracted and identified; have a wide range of food sources; are ecologically and taxonomically diverse; and respond to changes in food sources, as well as soil physical and chemical properties Indices derived from nematode community analyses can be used to provide information about a soil ecosystem with respect to nutrient status, presence of pollutants, disturbance and disease suppression... The project will provide information on free-living nematode communities in key Australian cropping soils, identify groups which will be useful to assess soil biological health and link analysis to soil quality monitoring...
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Get the dirt on soils at Masterclass.. The one-off event is being organised by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Esperance Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN), the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA)... James Hagan (DAFWA) and Andrew Newall (NEWAG Consulting): Matching equipment for controlled traffic farming (CTF) systems; economics of CTF - constraints and rooting depth, machinery planning, transition planning of machinery..
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Correctly matching soil nutrient needs with fertiliser application can deliver significant production and profitability rewards to growers and will be the focus of an upcoming workshop series in Central Queensland... Soil nutrition workshops supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and delivered by Chris Dowling from Back Paddock Company will be held in Clermont on Tuesday, November 4; Rolleston on Wednesday, November 5; and Banana on Thursday, November 6... The workshops will address a variety of topics including the incorporation of soil testing and tissue sampling into crop nutrition planning, understanding the soil nutrition and physical characteristics of paddocks and managing their variability, and the development of nutrient management budgets for long term soil fertility...
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The workshop, supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), will enable local grain growers to receive expert commentary on the quality of their soils... To be held on August 28 at the Ramblers Football Club, Cummins, the workshop will introduce growers and consultants to the National Soil Quality Monitoring Program, which is funded by the GRDC through its Soil Biology Initiative II (SBI II)... The SBI II program has been able to link with sites being assessed for soil carbon as part of the Soil Carbon Research Program (SCaRP) which is managed by CSIRO and funded by GRDC and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)...
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Soil Biology Initiative II logo: stylised icon of a green plant in brown soil, with the text.. "Dr Gilbert will provide a world view on the role and relevance of soil microbes in food production systems, both now and into the future, and where GRDC's SBI II investment fits into the global research effort," said Assoc Prof Mele... To be held at AgriBio in Bundoora, the symposium will explore the role of biology in plant nutrient supply, how suppressive soils function and monitoring of soil quality with new tools and technologies...
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