Dishing the dirt on soil conservation issues
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.”