What lies beneath: understand your soil through testing insights

News release | 20-Apr-2022

  • DAF is offering free soil testing and support to Central and Southern Queensland grain growers who want to better understand and manage their soils.
  • Declining soil health is holding back the sustainability, productivity and profitability of Australian farms.
  • This program will help improve decisions and future farm performance.

Grain growers wanting to learn more about their soil can take advantage of a new program combining free soil testing with a workshop series.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Principal Extension Officer Jayne Gentry said the program was designed to increase understanding of soil testing and develop strategies to boost soil health.

“Jointly funded by DAF and the Australian Government as part of the National Soils Strategy, up to three tests per grower are being offered to help growers assess the current status of their soils,” she said.

“Declining soil organic matter, soil health and loss of natural fertility are holding back the sustainability of Australian farms.

“We’re committed to increasing productivity and profitability of farms to help reach the Ag2030 goal of growing agriculture to $100 billion by 2030.

“DAF will work with growers, to focus on their soil; help them interpret test results; better understand the physical, chemical and biological components of soil; and develop strategies for improving soil management on their farm.

“We’re encouraging grain growers in Central and Southern Queensland to take part in this program and let us help them better understand their soil and get more out of it.”

For details on how to take part, please contact the Call Centre 132523.

Media contact: DAF Media, media@daf.qld.gov.au