Soil Events and Farm Walks

Soil Events and Farm Walks

The Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan is currently delivering a suite of projects in the area of Sandy Soils and Soil Innovation.

Funding Partners

These projects are supported by the Australian Government’s Region Land Partnerships initiative of the National Landcare Program, Landscapes SA Limestone Coast, Landscapes SA Murraylands and Riverland, and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Useful Links

For more technical information and reports in regard to Soil Innovation please click here.

For more technical information about Soils and Sand Stabilisation please click here.

Project Background

Improving soil health across our landscape will result in a number of benefits including;

  • Increased livestock feed production
  • Improving the ability to capture rainfall where it falls
  • Improved resilience to adverse conditions
  • Reduced wind erosion
  • Reduced recharge to groundwater, delivering dryland salinity benefits
  • Understanding & improvements in; groundcover, soil pH, carbon, structure, water holding capacity

Recent events

2020 Soil Events and Farm Walks

Colebatch Farm Walk - Tuesday 22nd September 2020

This event was held on a wet and windy day on Tuesday 22nd of September from 10am - 3.30pm visiting properties around the Colebatch and Woods Well area. Around 30 - 37 people attended a range of sites.

Topics covered included;

-Forage Brassica & Sorghum/Sudan              
Grass Cross

-Soil cores, pH & salinity testing across a range

of sites to identify constraints

-Visiting two Lined Catchment
Construction sites

-Managing & reclaiming saline sites

-Managing heavily clay spread ground

To access the full farm walk booklet please click here

Flyer Colebatch Farm Walk Tues 22nd September 2020 Colebatch Soil Cores

Below: Forage Brassica                                                    Above right: Colebatch Soil Cores

Forage Brassica

Below: Lined Catchment Tour

Lined Catchment Tour

Coomandook Agriculture Bureau Sticky Beak Tour - September 2020

This event was held on Wednesday 16th of September from 10am - 5.30pm followed by BBQ tea visiting sites around the Yumali, Cooke Plains, and Coomandook area.

Sites and topics covered on the tour included;

pH & acidity trial, Veris Mapping

Plozza Ploughing and Delving

Pulse Check Legume Trial

Sheep feedlot & containment area

Bednar Terraland deep ripper / delver /

incorporator -  with crumbling roller

Inspection of established Kikuyu

Fodder Beet and Kikuyu demo on

saline ground

 

To access the full farm walk booklet please click here

Matt Howell of Coorong Platimum Ag and Brian Hughes of PIRSA Rural Solutions discuss the soil pH trial site

Bednar Terraland

Bednar Terraland

Plozza Ploughed site

Examining the results of Plozza Ploughing

Recent events

2020 Soil Events and Farm Walks

Western Flat Farm Walk

34 people attended the Western Flat Farm Walk held on Wednesday 9th of September 2020.

Support for this day was provided by Landscapes SA Limestone Coast and Tatiara District Council.

The group examine the soil profile on Verco's

The group examine the soil profile on Verco's

The key speakers at this event were;

-     Dr Melissa Fraser - Senior Consultant (soil & land management), PIRSA Rural Solutions

-     Felicity Turner - Independent Advisor

-     Shane Oster - Alpha Consulting

-     Nathan Tink

- and the hosting landholders; Greg Funke, Hamish Verco and Martin Harvey

Key features of the day were;

- Irrigation induced sodicity and salinity

- Cover cropping on sandy soils

- Soil constraints and soil amendments

- On farm weather stations and soil probes, how to maximise their use

- Discussion of the Saltland Pasture Redemption Project outcomes and local application

The Farm Walk Booklet can be accessed by clicking here

Hamish Verco discussing soil amendments Shane Oster - Alpha Consulting explaining the on farm weather station & soil probe

Left: Hamish Verco discussing soil amendments Right:  Shane Oster - Alpha Consulting explaining the on farm weather station & soil probe

Meningie East Healthy Soils Farm Walk

35 people attended a Meningie East Healthy Soils Farm Walk held on Wednesday 5th of August 2020.

Support for this day was provided by Meat and Livestock Australia, Landscapes SA Limestone Coast and Murraylands and Riverlands Boards.

Felicity Turner presents to the group at Menalpyn

Felicity Turner presents to the group at Menalpyn

The key speakers at this event were;

-     Brian Hughes - Principal Consultant (soil & land management), PIRSA Rural Solutions

-     Felicity Turner - Independent Advisor

Key features of the day were;

- Visits on to soil pits on second year salt tolerant Lucerne and Messina, deep sandy flat and a limestone ridge

- Soil test analysis interpretation and discussion

- Discussion of soil constraints, physical & chemical features, water holding capacity, and optimum management

- Soil Acidity Demonstration Site, Veris & EM Mapping

- Discussion of the Saltland Pasture Redemption Project outcomes and local application

Brian Hughes pointing out features of the soil pit          Soil pH test results

Brian Hughes in the Green Plains limestone ridge soil pit

Farm Walk Resources

To access the full handout booklet from this day which includes;

- Soil profile descriptions, data sheet, and soil tests and interpretations for three different Meningie East soil types

- Saltland Pasture Redemption - tips and tools for identifying and dealing with saline soils report

- Neptune Messina Fact sheet

- Veris Mapping

- Information on the Meningie East Liming Demonstration site

To access this booklet please click here

To access the Understanding your Soils Manual compiled for use on this farm walk please click here

Conclusions and what next....

At the conclusion of the day participants expressed interest in looking at or learning more about the following at future events or other opportunities;

- Revisit the soil pH and soil acidification trial

- Testing soil carbon in paddocks vs under native vegetation

- How could you go about finding your own liming material

- We need a regional response to dryland salinity, perhaps through on ground works incentives

- A fresh look at revegetation on and around small saline areas

- Matching water use across the landscape

- Aqua till tillage equipment

2019 Soil Events and Farm Walks

A series of soil related events were held over May - June 2019.

To access the handout booklet from each of these events please click on the links below.

For more technical information and reports in regard to Soil Innovation please click here.

Friday 10th of May 2019 - Soil Innovation Farm Walk - Field & Malinong

10.05.2020 Soil Innovation Farm Walk Field & Malinong

Wednesday 12th June 2019 - Agriculture Innovation Day - Tintinara

Ag Innovation Update  Chris Matthews MGA, Steven Hobbs Yarrock Farm, Dale Grey Agriculture Victoria, looking on at the presentation

Western Flat Field Walk 2019 Report

Tuesday 4th June_Sandy Soil Constraints_Western Flat

Mapping Soil Constraints Farm Walk Ki Ki - Yumali, Wednesday 19th June 2019

Yumali pH testing at soil constraints farm walk 19.06.2019

Handout: Sherwood Fire Recovery Farm Walk 26th June 2019

GRDC Sandy Soils Project Site Sherwood 26th June 2019 2