Field day to address soil health and acidity
16 May 2017
Soil health and optimising its performance will be discussed at a field day in Simpson on 24 May.
Organised by Agriculture Victoria in partnership with Heytesbury District Landcare Network and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, the day will address soil biology and how it is affected by acidity.
Agriculture Victoria dairy extension officer Rachael Campbell said participants would learn how to monitor the composition of soils and how acid could limit its productiveness.
"The field day is a great opportunity for farmers and service providers to come together, learn from each other and make practical steps to making sure your soil is in the best condition to be healthy and productive," Ms Campbell said.
Field day participants will also visit a local farm where they will investigate a soil pit and learn simple ways to identify indicators of soil health.
"Soil health is imperative to land health and quality produce, whether it is for crops or livestock. This is information that everyone on the land should learn."
Presenters include Agriculture Victoria's Dr Helen Hayden and Southern Farming Systems research and extension officer Lisa Miller.
Dr Hayden, who will lead a discussion on the role of soil biology in soil health, specialises in soil microbial ecology and recently co-authored CSIRO published book A Guide to Soil Health, Soil Biology, Soil-borne Diseases and Sustainable Agriculture. Ms Miller will speak about the soil acidity and biological products trials taking place in the district and how this can impact soil health.
What: Soil biology and soil acidity field day
Where: Simpson Recreation Reserve on the corner of Lavers Hill and Tomahawk Creek roads
When: Wednesday, 24 May from 11.00am to 2.00pm
Categorised under: Agriculture