Crop­ping ideas to beat soil prob­lems

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

SOIL and wa­ter in broad­acre crops will be the fo­cus of four work­shops next week.

The work­shops are be­ing hosted by NRM North and each event will fo­cus on dif­fer­ent broad­acre crops.

Guest speaker for the work­shops will be Chris­tian Ban­nan, a soil sci­en­tist in Vic­to­ria who spe­cialises in field iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of soil con­straints.

He will dis­cuss how to de­velop crop­ping sys­tems to over­come these con­straints.

The events will kick off on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11, from 8am to 11.30am at Ric­car­ton in Camp­bell Town. The work­shop will fo­cus on ger­mi­nated pop­pies and es­tab­lished bar­ley in dry con­di­tions.

Later that day a work­shop will be held from 1pm to 4.30pm at Oak­dene near Perth, where the sub­ject will be grazed canola and white clover with prac­tices to in­crease the sec­ond-year yield.

On Thurs­day a morn­ing work­shop from 8am to 11.30am at Woollen Park in Long­ford will fo­cus on es­tab­lished wheat and new white clover with ir­ri­ga­tion and drainage.

The fi­nal work­shop will be held on Thurs­day from 1pm to 4.30pm at Sum­mer­hill near Ha­gley with dis­cus­sion around high-yield­ing wheat seed crops and white clover in heavy soil.

Each site has deep soil pits un­der two dif­fer­ent crops with a soil mois­ture probe.

RSVP to 6333 7777 or email ad­min@nrm­north.org.au.

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