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Understanding our North Coast soils

Group of farmersThe first workshop of the North Coast Local Land Services Understanding Our Soils project will be delivered across the region in November.  With funding provided by the National Landcare Programme the sessions will be delivered by Dr Judi Earl of Agricultural Information & Monitoring Services (AIMS).  The information presented at the workshop will be based on local soil characteristics with data contributed by project participants from the Northern Rivers region.

Judi explained, “Landholder engagement in the project has been excellent and the use of local data in the workshop delivery will be relevant to all landholders of the region.”

Judi added “A better understanding of available resources will improve effective management and soil health outcomes.”

The workshop will cover:

  • the nature and classification of Northern Rivers soils
  • soil formation and the relationship to land capability
  • chemical characteristics of Northern Rivers soils
  • the role of the key elements in plant nutrition
  • interactions between the key soil elements

The workshop is fully subsidised and will be delivered from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm in the following regions:

Thursday  17 November           Casino

Friday      18 November           Alstonville

Saturday  19 November           Murwillumbah

SoilThe project is for land managers in the northern part of the North Coast region including the Richmond, Brunswick and Tweed looking to improve their land health and productivity with a strategic approach to soil management.

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer for North Coast Local Land Services said, “The Understanding Our Soils project has been well received by land managers who have been actively engaged in the project for 12 months.

“These one-day workshops are designed for anyone wanting to find out more about soils and their management.  I encourage anyone interested in attending to register for a workshop and come along.”

This workshop is the first in a series to be conducted over the next 12 months.  Subsequent sessions will cover soil biological and physical characteristics.  Management practices to enhance all aspects of soil health, maximise water holding capacity and improve the resilience of your land will also be addressed.

Registration for the workshop is essential as spaces are limited.  Don’t miss the opportunity to come along to one of the workshops above to find out more about your soils.

Participation is open to all landholders in the northern area of the North Coast region.  To register and for more information about the workshop, venues or the project please contact Judi Earl by email or call 0409 151 969 or Kel Langfield at North Coast Local Land Services by email or call  6623 3927

Media contact:

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer 6623 3927

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Soil is the foundation of all agricultural activity. The characteristics of Northern Rivers soils influence production and ecosystem health.

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Farmers discussing best options for soil management