Productive soils

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.

Our services

Hands holding soil underneath green grass

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
  • overstocking
  • over-grazing
  • tillage
  • chemical input
  • organic matter management.
Page last updated: 19 Jun 2020