Most cotton farms are situated on riparian flood plains and best management practice (BMP) of soils is imperative to the sustainability of these landscapes.
One of the best ways to improve water management and to optimise nutrition inputs to reduce the impact of rising fertiliser costs to improve soil health and management.
A 2005 study of Australia’s cotton industry examined farmers’ current knowledge and understanding of soil health. It (more)...
Past research identified a significant gap in profitability between the ‘top 20%’ and the average sheep producer of between $20 and $37 per sry sheep equivalent. Evidence showed this gap was due to the adoption of best practices by the top 20% of sheep producers.
A long history of investment in research and development by the wool and sheepmeat industries means that much of the information, technologies and tools to allow sheep producers to significantly increase sustainability (more)...
Landholders do not normally have the tools readily at hand to routinely and inexpensively undertake tests to characterise and improve soil health/quality.
>p>However, they do have an in-depth knowledge of how their own fields perform under particular circumstances.
Interpretation is a key element for managing change and sustaining productivity. There was a need to combine farmer, advisor and researcher knowledge to develop qualitative soil health scorecards and quantitive (more)...
International and domestic trends suggest ongoing interest in organic food production, along with a matching interest from producers seeking to vary their farm management systems.
Mainstream agriculture has comparatively little knowledge on biological farm practices that boost soil health and generate direct economic benefits.
The drought of 2006/2007 has heightened grower concerns about retention of soil moisture and there is increased focus on alternative management strategies (more)...
Soil is a national asset.
It is the source of our wealth and our well-being and the base material of our prosperity.
Healthy soils are the engine room of sustainable, productive farms in Australia.
They serve us as an economic asset, through farming and mineral production, and as a natural asset.
assist with environmental health
can help to improve the quality of Australia’s water resources
offer life (more)...
The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Farms (HSSF) Program was an Australian Government initiative funded through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) was a major co-funder, and the HSSF Program was managed by Land & Water Australia.
The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Farms Programme is a wide-ranging, $5 million programme that covers a variety of agricultural sectors across almost all the states of Australia.
The current range of agricultural industries involved in the Healthy Soils for Sustainable Farms Programme includes:
• Grain and crops
• Sheep and wool
The scale of the projects supported (more)...
The crop yields in many shires within Western Australia yield below expectation. Often, this is due to soil contraints. So in order to better-manage soil resources, the severity and extend of underlying soil health problems must first be identified.
Acidity, salinity, nutrient deline, erosion have major production and environmental impacts in NSW. An estimated 16-20m hectares in the state are affected to water erosion and 200,000 hectares are affected by salinity.
Agricultural production from the region is of major national economic significance but the region’s soil asset faces a range of threatening processes, a result of the susceptibility of the soild and the impact of land use practices.
Faced with climate variability and declining land quality, farmers are looking for alternative environmental management models to ensure the sustainability of their enterprises. The application of biological soil health principles is considered a possible input into any new management regime.
Recent surveys of landowner attitudes to environmental management across several agricultural sectors show that any initiatives must satisfy the join criteria of effectiveness and cost-efficiency in (more)...
Traditional agricultural practices in northern NSW and Queensland extensive cropping industries have generally resulted in a decline in soil health leading to lower potential yiedls and increased production costs.
Investors in the Healthy Soils for Sustainable Farms programme are proud to convene a Symposium on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The event poses a challenging question and invites farmers, scientists,
agronomists and economists to find answers.
Can Australian soils sustain our agricultural systems? At this event we are confident that delegates will go home with valuable new perspectives and a better capacity to formulate their own answers.
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Can Australian soils sustain our agricultural systems?
Investors in the Healthy Soils for Sustainable Farms programme are proud to convene a Symposium on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The event poses a challenging question and invites farmers, scientists, agronomists and economists t