Easy steps to understanding soil

By Country News on March 17, 2016

Understanding and interpreting soil test results has been made easier thanks to a step-by-step guide produced by Yea River Catchment Landcare group and soil scientist Cath Botta.
“Soil tests are an important and routine management tool for farmers,” Ms Botta said.
“They offer a useful snapshot of soil nutrient status and help farmers make more informed decisions about soil management.
“However, understanding soil test results and their interpretation is somewhat more difficult. This new guide, Understanding your soil test step by step, is a small reference book created specifically to demystify the complexity of soil tests and to support key farm decisions.”
Yea River Catchment Landcare member Judy Brookes led the development of the booklet on behalf of the group.
“Because our soils are probably our biggest asset on farm, and fertiliser programs can be a large financial commitment, it is vital to have at least a basic understanding of our soils and how we can use a soil test to guide us,” Ms Brookes said.

“This booklet is designed to sit alongside soil tests to help with interpretation of the results and their meaning.”
The guide was funded through Goulburn Broken CMA’s Beyond SoilCare Project and will be launched at a free soil test interpretation workshop in Yea on Thursday, February 18 from 10am to 3pm. Phone Yea River Catchment Landcare group on 0448 972 563 or email juncball@bigpond.com if you would like to attend.
Phone Goulburn Broken CMA on 5797 4400 or email chrisb@gbcma.vic.gov.au if you would like a free copy of the Understanding your soil test: step by step guide.
The Beyond SoilCare Project is funded through the Federal Government’s National Landcare Programme.

By Country News on March 17, 2016

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