to support better fertiliser decisions
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.