BUILDING THE RESILIENCE AND PROFITABILITY OF CROPPING AND GRAZING FARMERS IN THE HIGH RAINFALL ZONE OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA.

  • Australian Government's NLP2 & GRDC
  • 2018/19/20/21/22
  • Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia (inc. Kangaroo Island)
  • Current
BFR

Research Question

A consortium of Farming Groups, Landcare, industry bodies, private enterprise, Government agencies and a University from across three States to address soil acidification and build more resilient farm businesses.

Research Information & Objectives

This bold, innovative project brings a consortium of Farming Groups, landcare, industry bodies, private enterprise, Government agencies and a University from across three States to address soil acidification and build more resilient farm businesses. It improves the precision (timing, rate, location) where lime is applied on cropping and grazing farms and develops cost effective ways of rectifying subsoil acidity. The project unlocks value by actively involving all parties involved in the lime supply chain (farmers, advisors, industry associations, suppliers). The resilient farm businesses component strengthens farm decisions by combining the highly successful Grain & Graze decision procedures with four disparate pieces of vital real time information - soil water, pasture availability, commodity prices and climate data. Value is unlocked by bring the data together in a dashboard with push notifications and building skills and confidence in farmers (especially women and young farmers).

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Resources:

Soil Acidity

Producer Case Studies

  1. Grid Soil Mapping Helps New Farm Development
  2. Reducing Acid Soil Variability Using Variable Rate Liming
  3. Investigating if I have an Acid Throttle in the Soil Profile?
  4. Investigating acidity in sub-surface soils.

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