Coorong District Council response measures to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Our leaders are staying up to date on the latest advice from the State and Federal Governments, and relevant Government health agencies.

Residents who are experiencing financial hardship may seek assistance from Coorong District Council by entering into a long-term payment arrangement. Information is available on our Financial Hardship page.

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Update - 25 May 2020

The SA Government have released their Roadmap for Easing Covid-19 Restrictions.

Most Coorong District Council services have now resumed:

  • All playgrounds, parks (incl. dog parks and gardens) have been re-opened to the public.
  • All community toilets have been re-opened.
  • All halls can now open and community groups will be able to book facilities (groups are encouraged to contact Council to work through arrangements).
  • The Coonalpyn Caravan Park and Narrung Campground are now open to the public (including public toilet facilities).
  • Sporting facilities can open in accordance with the new measures in place.
  • Public library services:
    • Tailem Bend, Tintinara, Coonalpyn and Coomandook Community Libraries are still closed to the public, however all are offering a 'phone and collect service'.
    • Meningie Community Library will be opening to the public from 3:45pm - 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am - 1pm on Saturdays.
  • Tailem Rail Museum, Coorong Gallery and the Meningie Information Hub will be assessed in preparation for Council's executive team to make a decision on re-opening from 8 June 2020.

All Council facilities are receiving regular cleaning to ensure facilities are up to standard – however if you come across anything that requires attention please contact Council on 1300 785 277 so that we can attend to it.

Signs will be in place to remind users of their obligations to social distance. Everyone can play their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing good hygiene, using hand sanitiser and wiping down equipment and surfaces before and after use.

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Soil Innovation

Soil Innovation

Soil Carbon Flyer Page 1

Soil Carbon Flyer Page 2

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

We have developed the Project Concept 'Livestock Production on Sandy Soils - Lets make the Bucket Bigger', and are actively working with our partners to realise the ideas outlined in this document, which would deliver both agricultural production and land management benefits. Please click the link to learn more.

Funding Partners

These projects are supported by the Australian Government’s Region Land Partnerships initiative of the National Landcare Program, South East Natural Resources Management Board levy funding, & SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Management Board.

We are also very pleased to welcome Meat and Livestock Australia as a project partner.

Soil pH testing at the Yumali Soil Constraints Farm WalkSoil pH testing at the Yumali Soil Constraints Farm Walk

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 dry conditions
  • Reduced wind erosion
  • Reduced recharge to groundwater, delivering dryland salinity benefits
  • Understanding & improvements in; groundcover, soil pH, carbon, structure, water holding capacity

Identifying & treating soil constraints to maximise plant access to all of the available moisture & nutrients in the soil profile is the key to unlocking these benefits.

Soil constraints we are interested in exploring include, but are not limited to

Soil Constraints

We are interested in transferring innovations to sandy grazing country to test soil measurements

and amelioration techniques including, but not limited to

Soil Amelioration 1

Soil Amelioration 2

Please find below links to interesting resources on a range of topics around;
  • Soil measurement and mapping techniques
  • Soil constraints to production
  • Soil amendments; mechanical, chemical & biological

Understanding Soil Constraints - Soil Health Check

Soil pH, acidity, liming and the Veris Machine

pH nutrient trace element chart

Improving Sandy Soils through understanding soil pH and soil potassium

The Improving Sandy Soils through understanding soil pH and soil potassium status report covers use of a range of soil testing technologies on a sandy – sandy loam, continuously cropped paddock in the Yumali – Ki Ki area;

-        Use Veris Machine Mapping technology was used to identify spatial variation in pH,

-        Use of grid sampling to explore mapped spatial variation in Potassium, Phosphorus, and Sulphur.

Please click on the link below to to access the full report

Improving Sandy Soils through understanding soil pH and soil potassium status report

pH report cover

Other pH and liming resources

The Dollars and Sence of Liming : The Stanton's story, click on the hyperlink below for more:

Kangaroo Island Liming Fact Sheet and Case Study(1072 kb)

Kym and Katie IƁnson's philosophy is to grow healthy profitable crops but to do this they need to overcome soil constraints an match inputs to potential production. Includes information on the Veris Machine used to map the pH of soils. 

To read more clink on the hyperlink below:

IAnson Case Study(387 kb)

Footage of Veris Machine operationVideo credit: Paul Ruchs - Landmark 

Soil pH down the soil profile Coorong District

Soil pH down the soil profile  - Coorong District

EM38 Mapping 

Upper South East Sustainable Soils - EM38 Mapping for Clay Finding

The Upper South East Sustainable Soils – EM38 Mapping for Clay Finding Report covers use of EM38 soil mapping technology to spatially locate clay and other soil properties below the soil surface to aid in soil management decision making.

  • EM38 technology works better in some regions than others to locate clay. The spatial data generated can then be utilised to reduce costs when looking to ameliorate soils,
  • In situations where clay isn’t detected, the EM38 still relates strongly to production, and has the potential to be utilised for other soil management strategies.

EM38 maps showing spatial soil variation at Field and Sherwood

Three sites were EM38 mapped as case studies in this report. Recommendations, products, and findings drawn from the EM38 mapping data varied between the sites and include;

  • Identification and differentiation of sites within paddocks that were suitable for clay spreading, delving, or ripping. This differentiation allows cost effective application of mechanical soil amelioration techniques to be applied in the right location.
  • Effective location of clay pits for clay spreading.
  • Provision of a GIS based EM38 paddock map to the machinery operator can be used to provide depth to clay information to inform operator depth control in a delving or ripping situation to maximise contractor, time and horsepower efficiency.
  • On deep sandy soil sites, identification of rock in the paddock to be avoided when ripping.
  • Relationships established between EM38 results and NDVI pre grazing suggest soil properties are driving feed production.
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Soil Moisture Probes

Further information about use of EM38 technology and soil moisture probes can be found by clicking on the fact sheet below.

EM38, Soil Moisture Probes, and Soil Variability

Precision Pasture Decisions Project – Field, South Australia

The Precision Pasture Decisions Project was delivered in 2019 in the Field area east of Meningie.

The project included installation of monitoring equipment including;

-       Field location weather station with rainfall, wind speed and relative humidity – updated every 15 minutes.

-       Soil moisture probes under two different perennial pasture systems; Veldt Grass and Lucerne.

Local growers shown how to access weather and moisture probe data, and shown this data has the potential to assist in improving decision making under different climatic conditions. This was provided 1:1 and at a Pasture Farm Walk held on the 25th of June with 18 people in attendance.

This project report and more information about accessing and interpreting the information produced, can be accessed by clicking on the document link below.

Precision Pasture Decisions Project Report

Precision Pasture Decisions Project Report cover snap shot

Ripping and Spading articles

Clay and hay increases yields on South East sands - GRDC Sandy Soils Project(429 kb)

Stock Journal article 'Ripping results for SA sandy soil sites'

Stock Journal article 'Thinking before ripping into sandy soils'

GRDC's Deep Ripping Fact Sheet 'Deep Ripping Not Appropriate For All Soil Types'

Stock Journal article 'Big win with new spader'

Clay spreading and stabilisation of sands

Clay spreading and stabilisation of sands link to Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan web page

clay spreading

Soil ph,acidity,liming and the Veris Machine

Grain growers can save considerable dollars by making use of on-farm agricultural lime, rather than freighting lime from afar.

Download the online Factsheet "Locating and Assessing On-Farm Lime Sources" by using the link below.

Locating and assessing on-farm lime sources(4742 kb)

To watch the You tube video paste the following  link in your web browser: https://youtu.be/ibHFfuWDp03

Veris Machine