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How well do you know your soils?

Plant growing from soilNorth Coast Local Land Services, in conjunction with Agricultural Information & Management Systems (AIMS), is introducing a new program Understanding Our Soils to help landholders understand soils on their farms and in the local landscape.  The workshop series, made possible through funding from the National Landcare Programme, is designed to achieve the best outcomes for a sustainable and profitable future on the land.

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer for North Coast Local Land Services said, "Increasing your knowledge on soils and soil management will help deliver better outcomes relating to the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils on farm without losses in productivity or profitability.

 "Soil is the foundation of any agricultural enterprise and healthy soil is critical for optimal water use and plant production." Kel said.

Judi Earl from AIMS said "The aim of AIMS is to help improve the profitability and sustainability of grazing enterprises by assisting in the design of better ways to manage grazing and pastures." 

Understanding Our Soils is designed for farmers and land managers to improve soil health and soil management. Farmers and land managers who would like to know the answers to questions such as:

*    How can I maximise land capabilities?

*    What do my soil test results tell me?

*    Why is soil knowledge important in making management decisions?

The free workshops will cover a diverse range of topics such as land capability and the influence of geology and landforms on farms through to soil test interpretation, soil chemical properties, moisture and water use. 

A competitive rate for soil testing has been negotiated for participants in this project.  North Coast Local Land Services will contribute funds for one test for each participant.  In addition, participants will be asked to supply two of their own soil tests to contribute to the project.  These can be recent tests (less than three months old) or new ones which can be completed at the negotiated discount rate.

Registration for this program is compulsory and interested farmers and landholders are encouraged to contact Kel Langfield at North Coast Local Land Services by email to kel.langfield@lls.nsw.gov.au or by phone 6623 3927.

Media contact:          

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer 6623 3927

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Soil is the foundation of any agricultural enterprise and healthy soil is critical for optimal water use and plant production.