Geelong Compost presents the Soil Action Seminars
After such a dry year for many of us in 2015, we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at soil health and viability for future dry conditions.
Dry springs and hot summers don’t necessarily spell disaster and there are ways to improve your soil’s viability, maintain productivity and retain moisture for longer.
We have put together a half-day seminar in Hamilton, Camperdown and Geelong with three of the industry’s best speakers to show you ways to combat the dry and better manage soil nutrients.
This will be one of the best opportunities to hear from three highly respected soil experts and get solutions to maintain productivity in the dry.
We urge you to attend one of these seminars to help plan for 2016 and beyond.
Join us in Hamilton, Camperdown or Geelong as we bring you three of the industry’s top soil health experts to discuss improving your productivity during dry conditions.
Tickets are $45 inc GST or $55 at the door and are on sale now!
For any questions or special considerations, please contact Melissa via email or phone 0421025047.
Graham Shepherd, BioAgriNomics
Our keynote speaker is Graham Shepherd from BioAgriNomics. Graham developed the acclaimed Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) method used worldwide to assess soil health and structure. He has now developed a Drought Resistance Index which assesses farms’ resistance to dry conditions. Eighteen key factors provide the basis of a scorecard for pasture and cropping. Each of the indicators affects the resistance of a paddock to drought but collectively, the 18 factors have a significant influence on the drought tolerance of a farm. Graham will demonstrate to farmers how to implement the DRI and develop a Drought Resistance Scorecard (DRS) to assess their viability during dry conditions.
Hon Prof John Sherwood, Deakin University
Our second speaker is Hon Prof John Sherwood, from Deakin University who has pioneered research into the detrimental effects of nutrient leaching and the damage done to waterways from excessive exposure to phosphorus. He will address farmers on nitrogen and phospherus and their chemical and biogeochemical transformations, review water quality in west Victorian streams and the concept of nutrient loads and point and diffuse sources of pollution, and show the results of a research project which measured actual nutrient run-off from two farm paddocks in western Victoria.
Declan McDonald, SESL
Our final speaker is Declan McDonald, senior soil scientist from soil testing and environmental consultancy SESL. Declan has extensively researched farm nutrient budgeting, improving soil health and productivity and the importance of understanding soil test results. He has developed a “Flux Capacitor” to help calculate the requirements that a farmer may need relative to their soil tests.
A special thanks to Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority for supporting the event and helping us bring these speakers to you.
For more information about the seminars, email us or phone 0421025047.