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  • Innovations to sowing time
    Soil and Nutrition, 02 Oct 2023
    Innovations to sowing time

    Innovations around sowing time are transforming farming practices in ways that make yields more stable and cropping more adaptable to varying climate conditions

  • Investing $36M in next gen technology to unlock soil potential
    Soil and Nutrition, 14 Sep 2023
    Investing $36M in next gen technology to unlock soil potential

    Announced at Trangie Agricultural Research Station in central western NSW yesterday (September 13) the Unlocking Soil Potential strategic partnership will run for five years and will focus on identifying and developing next generation soil technologies (NGST).

  • Lime project could bring good news for no-till farmers
    Soil and Nutrition, 08 Sep 2023
    Lime project could bring good news for no-till farmers

    Research into correcting soil acidification in cropping systems is showing that using different lime application techniques can suit differing soil types and farming practices. After several years, the study has revealed economically significant third-year responses in pulse crops and indicated that lime might not always need physical incorporation to deliver the greatest benefit.

  • Researchers ponder options for managing dispersive soils
    Soil and Nutrition, 28 Aug 2023
    Researchers ponder options for managing dispersive soils

    Dispersive soils present a multitude of issues – poor permeability, high soil strength, surface crusting, waterlogging, alkaline pH, salinity and boron toxicity. When managing these soils, the aim is to get enough water into the soil profile to leach transient salinity deeper into the soil profile and, in doing so, increase the plant-available water. For decades, gypsum has been the ‘go-to’ treatment to improve soil structure and soil water-holding capacity on dispersive soils. 

  • Closing yield gaps on sodic soils
    Soil and Nutrition, 16 Aug 2023
    Closing yield gaps on sodic soils

    Soil amelioration strategies prove beneficial following an investment push to improve productivity on Australia’s large swathe of sodic soils

  • Laterite reefs and outcrops – the case for novel amelioration
    Soil and Nutrition, 11 Jul 2023
    Laterite reefs and outcrops – the case for novel amelioration

    A novel form of soil amelioration is opening rocky laterite country for more efficient farming in Western Australia. Specialist equipment is being deployed to pulverise this rock and Scott Young at Cuballing has found it has both direct and indirect benefits to his cropping operations.

  • Gravel soil explored in new ebook launched at national conference
    Soil and Nutrition, 28 Jun 2023
    Gravel soil explored in new ebook launched at national conference

    A synthesis of the latest science and best practice guidance for gravel soil is now available in a free interactive ebook launched yesterday by SoilsWest at the 2023 Soil Science Australia National Conference in Darwin.

  • Making better use of your lime budget
    Soil and Nutrition, 23 Jun 2023
    Making better use of your lime budget

    Applying enough lime to manage acidity in a smaller area has advantages over applying low lime rates across more hectares. The longer-term effect from using a higher lime rate as part of a ‘treat it properly’ strategy is higher yields for longer and better cash flow.

  • Clay soil amelioration shows promising results
    Soil and Nutrition, 30 May 2023
    Clay soil amelioration shows promising results

    Results from a trial incorporation of organic amendments into clay soils will see further research undertaken across commercial growing environments in Gippsland. Yield results demonstrated improved worm populations in the topsoil and increased pasture dry matter yield across three plots where subsoil organic amendments were added.

  • Case studies show the value of proactive soil protection
    Soil and Nutrition, 25 May 2023
    Case studies show the value of proactive soil protection

    Practical tactics to protect soils from wind erosion using ground cover are being packaged and distributed through a series of on-farm case studies

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