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:
Fertiliser trials that aim to improve confidence in fertiliser recommendations for local soils and conditions are now underway in the Lower Blackwood Catchment. A desired outcome of the trials is increased uptake of evidence-based fertiliser application that optimises production whilst reducing excess run off of nutrients into waterways and estuaries..
The major aspect of the trials will be to test different levels of phosphorus application to optimise production and minimise runoff . Some trials will also include evaluation of innovative technology to measure pasture productivity and soil nutrient status (such as nearinfrared and x-ray fluorescence)
Trials will be run over three growing seasons – established in early 2019 and 2020 and will be established and monitored by scientists and agronomists on a Technical Reference Group with local advisors and host farmers. The Lower Blackwood LCDC will provide a point of contact between scientists and farmers.