Learn more about soil nu­tri­ents

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

SOUTH­ERN Queens­land grain grow­ers keen to know more about how, when and where they should ap­ply nu­tri­ents to their soil are in­vited to an on-farm field day at West­mar on April 20.

The field day, to be held at West­mar grain grower Phillip Cog­gan’s property, Enarra, will of­fer lo­cals an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss nu­tri­ent strate­gies with some of the in­dus­try’s most highly re­garded soil spe­cial­ists.

Sup­ported by the Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion as part of the More Profit from Crop Nu­tri­tion Project, the field day will be set in pas­ture pad­docks and soil pits, of­fer­ing an in­ter­ac­tive ques­tion and an­swer set­ting for at­ten­dees.

Well-known re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Mike Bell, from the Queens­land Al­liance for Agri­cul­ture and Food In­no­va­tion, and re­search sci­en­tist David Lester, from the Queens­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries, will ex­plain how roots ac­quire nu­tri­ents and what the crit­i­cal nu­tri­ent lev­els are for crop re­sponse in lo­cal soils.

They will also look at how nu­tri­ents move in the soil pro­file and how, when and where grow­ers should ap­ply them.

DAF agron­o­mists Kerry McKen­zie and Gavin Peck will fo­cus on pas­tures and what dif­fer­ent pas­tures need, and how of­ten grow­ers need to ap­ply nu­tri­ents to make money.

In­dus­try con­sul­tant Chris Dowl­ing, from Back Pad­dock Con­sult­ing, will also be on site dis­cussing liq­uid fer­tilis­ers and the best prod­uct fit for grain en­ter­prises.

The West­mar Crop and Pas­ture Nu­tri­tion Field Day will be held on April 20 from 7am to 11am at Enarra, 20km north of West­mar on the Me­an­darra-Tal­wood Road.

Break­fast and morn­ing tea will be pro­vided.

To RSVP please text ‘YES WEST­MAR’ to 0477 315 959 or for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Kaara Klep­per on 0477 315 959 or by email­ing kaara.klep­per@daf.qld.gov.au.

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DIS­CUSS STRATE­GIES: West­mar grain grower Phillip Cog­gan will play host to some of Queens­land’s most highly re­garded soil health spe­cial­ists at a crop and pas­ture nu­tri­tion field day.

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