Soil health is a vital first step toward a sustainable, productive agriculture system.  

We  have developed a series of fact sheets to help landholders manage soil health on their property. The aim is to provide technical advice on topics related to soil and cropping, and to assist in adopting Best Management Practices (BMPs). Click on the links below to download the PDF's.

Fact Sheets

  • Soil essentials: Understand it or lose it -  It goes without saying that soil nutrients play a key role in the production of good quality crops and pasture and as such, it pays for landholders to take steps to understand and prevent fertility rundown. This fact sheet provides information on fertility rundown (nutrient uptake, removal and return) for landholders managing crops and pasture.  
  • Soil testing guidelines Soil testing is a useful guide to the nutrient status of a soil and its ability to grow pastures and crops, especially when used in conjunction with crop or pasture performance and nutrient budgeting.  It is also a useful tool for determining and monitoring soil constraints, such as salinity and sodicity. This fact sheet examines the number of points that need to be considered when collecting samples for analysis. 
  • Interpreting soil test information Most Australian soils are deficient in one or more nutrients in their natural state, especially the nutrients Phosphorus (P), Sulphur (S), Nitrogen (N), and often one or more trace elements. This fact sheets explains the nuts and bolts of your soil test results. 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Grazing BMP Accelerated Program - Roma

21 June 2018

First day runs from 8am to 5pm Second day from 8am to 12:30pm Places limited and will fill fast Free event! Lunch and smokos provided. What is it?Grazing Best Management Practice is a voluntary online self-assessment tool…  + read more

Maximising your Herd

25 June 2018

Join the discussion with Tim Emery (Tropical Beef Technology Services) and Roger Sneath (Senior Extension Officer, FutureBeef, DAF) on how to maximise your herd with genetics, available pasture and some simple records. TIME:…  + read more

QMDC Members Meeting

06 July 2018

We invite members of the community to join our Member organisations to get an update on our activities and project highlights in the region. Your opportunity to meet our team, our Executive Committee and to give feedback…  + read more