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Improving soil health: Notes from the Talkin’ Soil Health Conference

Improving soil health: Notes from the Talkin' Soil Health Conference

The fourth Talkin’ Soil Health Conference was held at York in March, bringing together soil health advocates, practitioners and researchers from across the country and beyond. The conference’s keynote speaker was soil health advocate Joel Williams from Integrated Soils, who spoke about increasing diversity in our farming systems to...

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Low molybdenum levels in sub clover limiting nitrogen fixation

Low molybdenum levels in sub clover limiting nitrogen fixation

A survey of soil constraints across the South West beef farms has found that half appear to be low in molybdenum. The trace element is critical for the development of nitrogen-fixing nodules on legume roots. The survey also scored nodulation in the South West, finding that nodules were scarce...

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Independent advice for soil phosphorus

Independent advice for soil phosphorus

Livestock producers looking for independent advice on phosphorus application rates might want to look at a key document used by agronomists that’s available on-line. Almost a decade ago, the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (DPIRD) published the Soil Test and Phosphorus Rate for High Rainfall Clover Pastures....

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Understanding herbicide behaviour vital for better management

Chemical residues from pre-emergent herbicides can be a major issue for subsequent crop growth. However, growers are now more aware of how to deal with the issue thanks to recent GRDC-funded herbicide workshops run in Narrogin and Perth. Senior consultant with ICAN (Independent Consultants Australia Network) Mark Congreve said...

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Z-Filter a new tool for effluent management?

Z-Filter a new tool for effluent management?

For a long time the dairy industry has been trying to find fit-for-purpose systems to deal with effluent in a manner that maintains profitability and reduces environmental impacts. Now an initiative by Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy Incorporated (AMRCCE) may be one step closer to an alternative solution...

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Knife-points improving compacted soil in the high rainfall zone

Knife-points improving compacted soil in the high rainfall zone

Evidence that soil compaction may be limiting high rainfall pasture production is being supported by observations from local livestock producers who are seeing a response from management actions. One producer seeing results is Karridale merino farmer Matt Nield, who usually needs a crowbar to break through his topsoil. “The...

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Adapting to a drying climate with better nutrition and fodder production

Adapting to a drying climate with better nutrition and fodder production

While phosphorus has long been the lynchpin for pasture and livestock production in Western Australia, its status as most limiting nutrient is fading behind decades of application. Now other nutrients are more likely to limit production. Nitrogen is one nutrient that could now be the most limiting nutrient for...

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Soil compaction on the agenda at Donnybrook field day

Soil compaction on the agenda at Donnybrook field day

Recent surveys of soil constraints on high rainfall beef farms suggest that soil compaction may be limiting pasture growth on some South West farms. Almost half of the 39 sites sampled across 21 farms had a compaction level that is likely to restrict root growth at a depth of...

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