Soil Improvement with Recycled Organics in Broad Acre Farming

9:30am Wednesday, 19 February 2020
2:30pm Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Mannum Motel
76 Cliff St
Mannum, South Australia 5238

Leading Industry Speakers in Soil Assessment and Improvement

This event will provide growers with a solid introduction to key attributes of soil health and opportunities for improvement with an emphasis on oraganic inputs.

Our key speaker, Tim Marshall of TM Organics, has been a leader in organic agriculture and certification in Australia for 35 years. Attendees will gain:

  •  Introduction to principals of biological input farming, regenerative agriculture and approaches for improving organic matter, building soil carbon and general soil health that benefits the entire ecosystem not just the above ground crop.
  • An understanding of the benefits of increasing soil carbon including lifting yields, quality, improving soil consistency and water holding capacity.
  • Techniques for assessing soil health and application techniques for biological inputs, including recycled organics such as compost, mulch and biochar.

Ed Scott, a soil scientist with Field Systems, will describe examples of targeted compost application in the broad acre setting.

Guest Speaker – Results from PIRSA trials

PIRSA officers will describe relevant Australian field trials where improvements in yield have been investigated in response to various options for correcting soil constraints, including through the application of organic matter. Results from a range of organic inputs are to be presented.

Guest Speaker – On the Water Efficiency Program

Michael Cutting of Natural Resources Management, Principal Project Officer, Land and Water Management - SA Murray Darling Basin, will speak about the Water Efficiency Program including through soil amelioration strategies. Michael will present an example of integrated improvements by one farmer including application of mulch as well as pump and irrigation upgrades.

This project is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and NRM levies.

Booking information 

Farmers -  $22 incl GST.  Please email Uma Preston to book directly - 

AORA Members - $44 incl GST 

All other attendees - $55 incl GST 


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