Dish­ing the dirt on soil con­ser­va­tion is­sues

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

AROUND 20 North Bur­nett pro­duc­ers and gra­ziers came to­gether to dis­cuss the vi­tal topic of soil con­ser­va­tion.

A soil work­shop was held in Mun­dub­bera as part of a Bet­ter Catch­ment ini­tia­tive in the Bur­nett.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Bet­ter Catch­ment pro­gram, Marisa Young, said soil was a well dis­cussed is­sue and an im­por­tant topic.

“I had com­ments from gra­ziers and soil came up in con­ver­sa­tion so I ended up co-or­di­nat­ing this work­shop and get­ting guys from the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines in Bund­aberg to come up, as well as John Day from BMRG in Wondai to dis­cuss soil con­ser­va­tion,” Mrs Young said.

“The guys from Bund­aberg gave us an over­view of the ge­ol­ogy of the area, how it’s formed, why we have the soil we have in the area and then spoke about the phys­i­cal and chem­i­cal prop­er­ties of the soil.”

Soil pro­files were dis­played to the group.

“There are heaps of dif­fer­ent soils in the re­gion, some soils are good for grow­ing pas­tures,” Mrs Young said.

“You’ve got all dif­fer­ent soils along the river banks.

“We have a di­verse land­scape here in the Bur­nett re­gion.”

The work­shop was a way of ed­u­cat­ing the pro­duc­ers about con­serv­ing the soil in the re­gion.

“You look at the top of your soil ev­ery­day as a gra­zier but look­ing un­der­neath you don’t so it was to see what is un­der­neath as well as on top,” Mrs Young said.

Main­tain­ing soil is vi­tal for the re­gion, Mrs Young said.

“If we lose our soil, we lose our pro­duc­tiv­ity in our farms,” Mrs Young said.

“You don’t ex­pose your soil to el­e­ments, you keep good cover on your soils, let the or­ganic mat­ter in there, it’s like you’re feed­ing the soil.”

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