Expressions of interest open to join a soil testing program
Expressions of interest are open for farmers to take part in a soil testing program to support informed on-farm fertiliser decisions.
As part of the program, graziers in priority areas of the south west will receive soil testing across their whole farm, pasture tissue testing, and nutrient maps showing nutrient surplus and deficiencies on their property.
The soil and plant tissue testing is combined with local workshops where farmers can learn about fertiliser management, and how to interpret their soil test results and nutrient maps.
Farmers will also have access to one-on-one agronomic advice with an accredited advisor who will provide personalised fertiliser recommendations for their property.
The program has shown that more than 70% of the 14 000 paddocks already tested have phosphorus levels higher than needed for desired pasture growth.
The excess application of phosphorus affects a farming operation’s financial bottom line as well as contributing to nutrient run-off into waterways, impacting the health of rivers and estuaries.
The program includes financial incentives for farmers receiving soil and plant tissue testing, with additional advice and support valued at over $5000. Farmers new to the program receive this value for a co-contribution of $300.
Graziers located in the coastal Peel-Harvey, Leschenault, Vasse-Wonnerup, Hardy Inlet, Wilson Inlet and Oyster Harbour catchments with more than 40 hectares of cleared, arable land are encouraged to apply for the 2018 soil testing program.
This four year program is part of the State Government’s $20 million Regional Estuaries Initiative.
The program is led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Local catchment councils will provide farmers with on-ground support.
For more information contact Peta Richards, Development Officer, Manjimup on +61(0)8 9777 0144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.