When managing land for dryland farming, indicators of success include:
- crop/pasture yields that are close to potential for the district under the prevailing rainfall and temperature conditions;
- customer satisfaction regarding quality of the produce and excellence of the production system;
- efficient use of fertiliser inputs, which minimises expenses and reduces the risk of environmental damage.
Across the Australian grain belt, achievement 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 long-term soil-related yield losses.
Where subsoil constraints are identified (for example; dispersion/sodicity, compaction, acidity, salinity, poor water holding capacity), two main options exist: Either modify soil conditions to suit the plants under consideration, or select plants with the genetic capacity to cope with the soil limitations.
SOILmgt has the skills to deal with these issues because of 20 years experience in assisting a broad range of farm industries on very diverse soil types (cracking clays to sands).
We use appropriate blends of new and mature assessment technologies to provide practical and affordable soil management outcomes for clients.
We encourage input from farmers and their agronomists during the soil assessment, reporting and ongoing monitoring.
- Whole-farm soil management plans for dryland grain and pasture production in the Central West, Central Tablelands and North West of NSW
- Maps of key topsoil & subsoil factors (red-amber-green coding); linked to soil management action plans and farm budgets
- Interpretation of grain yield maps
- Training courses for farmers and agronomists in soil assessment and management in NSW and WA.