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Sign up for soils tour

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Thursday, 27. June 2019 - 13:45

Registrations are now open to join two days of a tour to discover more about the latest soil management research being undertaken in the northern agricultural region.

Participants can join either or both days of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s annual Soil Constraints Tour, which will run from 6-7 August, departing each morning from Geraldton.

Each tour will include visits to department research trials, which have co-investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), and farmers’ properties where soil amelioration strategies have been undertaken.

Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other tour members, department officers, farmers and representatives from the GRDC and the SoilsWest alliance.

Department soil development officer Jenni Clausen said the tour would provide an excellent opportunity to see research activities first hand and talk to experts and landholders about endeavours to overcome production constraints.

“The tour has been designed so participants can view trials and discuss a range of soil management challenges and experiences with growers and scientists,” she said.

“Growers, consultants and researchers participating in the tour will also gain practical knowledge on how to diagnose constraints and fit managing soils into the farm system.”

The first day of the tour will showcase the economics and longevity of deep ripping strategies to overcome soil compaction, as well as which constraint to tackle first in poor performing sands.

The day’s program will finish with a look at Nufab’s operations and the opportunity to discuss the role of machinery manufactures in soil amelioration.

The second day will explore the use of deep ripping and gypsum to optimise production from sodic and dispersive subsoils, in addition to inspecting lime incorporation and amelioration techniques to manage soil acidity in both medium and low rainfall environments.

The tour has been designed to be time efficient and take advantage of audio-visual equipment on the luxury coach to provide site information and generate discussion before arriving at each destination.

Department soils, weed and pathology specialists will also join the tour, to discuss additional soil management issues.

More information on the program, locations, costs and how to register is available here. 

Registrations close 31 July and places are limited so get in early. The cost of each day of the tour is $50.

For more information contact department development officer Jenni Clausen on 9690 2130 or jenni.clausen@dpird.wa.gov.au

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The 2019 DPIRD Soil Constraints Tour will focus on activities in the northern Grainbelt. Registrations close 31 July.

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