BUILDING THE RESILIENCE AND PROFITABILITY OF CROPPING AND GRAZING FARMERS IN THE HIGH RAINFALL ZONE OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA.
- Australian Government's NLP2 & GRDC
- Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia (inc. Kangaroo Island)
Research QuestionA 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 bringing the data together in a dashboard with push notification and building skills and confidence in farmers (especially women and young farmers).