Soil management

The South East Region has a wide range of soils from Deep Sands through to Black Cracking Clays. These soils support a wide variety of agricultural enterprises from intensive horticulture to Broad-acre Cropping, Livestock Grazing to Dairy, as well as providing important ecosystem functions linked to sustainable farming.

All agricultural enterprises are reliant on healthy soils and sustainable management of the soil resource. Employing sound management practices will ensure that your farm business is sustainable into the future. A good understanding of soil properties will allow landholders to identify soil constraints and develop and instigate methods of overcoming these constraints to improve production.

Natural Resources South East is committed to helping landholders improve their soil health and soil management to create sustainability, productivity and profitability through On Farm visits, Workshops, Regional Demonstration Farms and Factsheets.

In the left hand side navigation bar are useful links for landholders to help manage their soil resource. Each section contains resources that can be viewed online or downloaded for future reference.

Soil Testing and Observation  - contains factsheets on “How to do a soil test” and then interpret the results, as well as “Soil Health Check Cards” that allow for the easy record keeping of various paddock based soil attributes. 

South East Soil Attribute Maps - contains regional maps of the various soil types and soils susceptible to the issues faced in the region.

South East Soil Issues - contains factsheets about the soil issues that face landholders in the South East Region and also information on how to manage and treat these problems for sustainable and more productive soils.

Regional Soil Factsheets - contains factsheets from research and investigations conducted in the region into soil and soil related problems within the past 5 years.

Regional Demonstration Farms - contains the results from the various demonstration farms that have been part of the enhancing soil health projects over the past 5 years. The results are not researched based investigation but rather demonstrations of soil modification techniques in a working farm situation.  


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