Soil Testing

to support better fertiliser decisions

 
Brad Noakes,  dairy farmer from Forest Grove 2017 soil testing program.   “The soil testing program was great value for us and the whole farm nutrient map provided us with the information we needed to help with the planning of our fertiliser programs. It’s been a good program to be involved in and I’d recommend it to all farmers in the catchment”.   Note: The program is open to beef, diary and sheep grazing enterprises, with at least 40 cleared and arable hectares located in the eligible section of the Lower Blackwood Catchment

Brad Noakes, dairy farmer from Forest Grove 2017 soil testing program.

“The soil testing program was great value for us and the whole farm nutrient map provided us with the information we needed to help with the planning of our fertiliser programs. It’s been a good program to be involved in and I’d recommend it to all farmers in the catchment”.

Note: The program is open to beef, diary and sheep grazing enterprises, with at least 40 cleared and arable hectares located in the eligible section of the Lower Blackwood Catchment

 In addition to the Soil Testing Program, the Lower Blackwood LCDC is working in partnership with local agencies & landholders to deliver two other REI projects:

The Lower Blackwood LCDC will provide on ground support for farmers in their catchment interested in understanding their fertiliser needs to save money, maximise pasture growth and prevent excess nutrients from being washed into waterways

As a part of the program, grazing farmers in the Hardy Inlet (Lower Blackwood) Catchment have access to pasture tissue testing, soil testing across their whole farm and nutrient maps showing nutrient surplus and deficiency.

Testing is combined with local workshops to learn how to use nutrient maps and access to personalised, one-on-one agronomic advice with an accredited advisor.

The program has been running for over nine years and has shown that more than 70 per cent of the 14,000 paddocks tested have phosphorus levels higher than needed for maximum pasture growth.  The excess application of phosphorus not only affects farmers’ bottom line but is an issue for the water quality of waterways and estuaries in the south west.

The program includes financial incentives with farmers receiving testing valued up to $5000 and additional advice and support to tailor their fertiliser programs.

This project is funded by the    Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI),    a four-year, $20 million Royalties for Regions program to improve the health of six Western Australian estuaries being delivered in partnership with the Department of Water.

This project is funded by the Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI), a four-year, $20 million Royalties for Regions program to improve the health of six Western Australian estuaries being delivered in partnership with the Department of Water.