Farming Smarter – a soils project for the next generation
The purchase of lime and the cost of establishing perennial pasture mixes are both significant investments for livestock producers and mixed farmers.
Higher livestock prices in recent years have allowed advisors and landholders to re-evaluate investment decisions for pastures and aim for more productive and persistent pastures across the farm. This project focuses on guiding decisions around the liming of acidic soils before pasture establishment.
The use of perennial pasture species in the landscape also reduces the risk of hillslope erosion (water erosion) and wind erosion providing valuable groundcover for more months of every year.
Riverina Local Land Services will use soil testing on a paddock scale in the topsoil (0-10cm) and sub-surface layer (10-20cm) to measure soil pH and exchangeable cations.
Eligible landholders will be located within the high risk zone of acidification (or where there is no data within the red zone) and are asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the link below.
EOIs open 9 am Monday 4 July 2022 and close on Tuesday 28 February at 5 pm. Round 5 is looking to engage 17 participants in this financial year. EOIs are considered on a ‘first in, first served’ basis.
Download the Farming Smarter factsheet and find out more about the project.
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