Wanted Farmers for Soils Program

Soil sampling carried out at an Australian vineyard (Photo: SCU)

November 14, 2022

University researchers are looking for farmers to participate in a national soil testing program.

Southern Cross University and the Environmental Analysis Laboratory invite farmers and land managers nationwide to participate in a Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry soil sampling and analysis program .

They will receive $275 per sampling site, capped at $10,000 per ABN, to cover the cost of soil sampling and analysis and data sharing.

They may also receive help from Commonwealth-funded soil extension officers to interpret the results of their soil tests.

Data collected through the pilot soil monitoring incentive program will help farmers make informed decisions about land management practices and will also be available for others to use through Australia’s National Information System. on soils (ANSIS).

EAL spokesman Graham Lancaster said participating in the soil sampling initiative would allow farmers to compare the carbon or organic matter of their agricultural soil and could even help with Reduction Fund projects. shows.

“It is really important that we involve farmers from all over the country, and many of them, so that in the future, those who make policy decisions about soils have relevant data for informed decisions,” said said Debbe Allen, Southern Cross Uni (SCU) project manager.

“Currently, there is not enough quality data to make reliable recommendations, and compared to the rest of the world, we are decades behind in this area.

“It could cost farmers a bit more money, but it could also save them a lot on improvers if they know what nutrients their pastures and crops can already access below the top 10cm layer.”

SCU is also looking for qualified agronomists across the country with soil sampling experience to help deliver the program.

  • More information is available online or by calling (02) 6620-3489.

Ryan H. Bowman