Understanding how soils function and how best to manage them will increase your productivity, profitability and sustainability.
A healthy soil:
- contributes to farm profitability
- has biological, physical and chemical properties that promote the health of plants, animals and humans
- is able to adjust to and recover from environmental, climate and seasonal stress
- supports plant growth, decomposition and recycling processes and resists erosion.
The Land Health program offers soil management training, advice, workshops and field-days to help farmers increase the productivity of their soils.
Our experts can help farmers increase their knowledge and understanding of:
- soil function — understanding soil and how they should be managed to maximise productivity including soil chemical, physical and biological properties
- plant production through measuring and monitoring
- soil efficiency — influences of nutrient and water use and impediments to efficient nutrient and water use
- soil constraints on production, and how to improve water and nutrient holding capacity and overall soil health
- how to avoid compaction, acidification, and to improve structure, pH and carbon status
- land management practices.
Land management practices include:
- managing stock traffic
- chemical input
- organic matter management.