Soil Management Designs

Irrigated Horticulture, Forestry & Cropping

Soil Quality Audits for Irrigated Horticulture, Forestry and Cropping

Dryland Farming surveyWhere land is being managed for plant production under pressurised irrigation systems, indicators of success include:

  • crop yields that are close to potential;
  • customer satisfaction regarding quality of the produce and excellence of the production system;
  • water and fertiliser are applied efficiently, which minimises expenses and reduces the risk of environmental damage.

Soil Survey- Soil Management DesignsAchievement of these objectives becomes less difficult when there is an accurate and comprehensive description of soil conditions for crop growth and landscape function across individual farms.

The cost of collecting and clearly presenting data describing the physical, chemical & biological status of the topsoil and subsoil is low in relation to land values, and usually is only a small fraction of potential soil-related yield losses.

Astute buyers of land for irrigation require detailed information about soil quality as part of their ‘due diligence‘ processes prior to purchase. The cost of dealing with crop growth hazards such as subsoil compaction, pH imbalance, dispersion/sodicity, salinity, variable waterholding capacity and erosion risk has to be understood clearly when planning a new irrigation development.

SOILmgt knows how to deal with these issues because of 20 years experience in consulting for a broad range of irrigated farm enterprises on very diverse soil types (cracking clays to sands).

We use appropriate blends of new and mature assessment methods to provide practical and affordable soil management outcomes for clients.

We appreciate input from farm managers and their advisers during the soil assessment, reporting and ongoing monitoring.

Soil Management Designs - Soil surveySOILmgt Experience

  • Soil management plans for existing and proposed Indian Sandalwood plantations in Ord Irrigation Area, Northern Territory and North Queensland
  • Soil management plans for irrigated pecan, hazelnut, citrus, olive, cotton, grain and pasture enterprises in the Murray-Darling Basin
  •  Yield map interpretation
  • Training courses for company staff in integration of ‘Visual soil assessment’ with Precision Agriculture inputs

Independent soil evaluation & planning service, David McKenzie, Orange NSW

Who is Soil Management Designs

Soil Management Designs (SOILmgt) is the new trading name for McKenzie Soil Management Pty Ltd; established in 1996 by Dr. David McKenzie and based in Orange NSW Australia since 1997.

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