Soil sam­ple anal­y­sis

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

LO­CAL farm­ers have been in­tro­duced to the tech­nique of mak­ing pa­per chro­matographs. Mun­dub­bera’s Cen­tral Bur­nett Land­care Group hosted a work­shop to help farm­ers an­a­lyse soil sam­ples.

Cen­tral Bur­nett Land­care pres­i­dent David Rolfe and sec­re­tary Marion Den­holm learned the process at a three­day course in Yan­d­ina, on the Sun­shine Coast, last year.

“This work­shop fo­cused on us­ing pa­per chro­matog­ra­phy to an­a­lyse soil sam­ples, in­clud­ing the min­er­als, pro­teins and en­zymes present,” Ms Den­holm said.

“The abil­ity to keep an eye on the changes that are hap- pen­ing to your land is very im­por­tant,” she said

“A small in­vest­ment of time and ef­fort to make pa­per chro­matographs will al­low the farmer to mon­i­tor the con­di­tion of her soils over time.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

SOIL WORK­SHOP: John and Elsie Vi­cary, Mar­garet and Bernie Carl­ton, and David McCord.

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