If you have compacted, nutrient deficient or acid soil on your property, get out your diary.
On October 13, James Holding from Temora-based farming systems research group FarmLink and Dr Jason Condon from the NSW DPI will run a soil pit workshop near Binalong.
Soil constraints are a widespread problem in cropping soils in south-westernNSW, restricting plant growth and reducing grain yields.
Detecting and remediating constrained soils can boost yields and productivity, but for growers, identifying soil constraints is not always easy.
Mr Holding is a senior trials agronomist and Dr Condon is a senior research fellow (soils) at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.
The workshop is part of a broader suite of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)-funded project activities for growers, focusing on the extension of best practice principles for identifying and managing soil limitations in southern and central NSW.
The presenters will demonstrate some techniques that growers can easily employ in the paddock to identify different soil constraints.
They will also discuss how these soil constraints impact crop growth and yield, and what can be done to fix them.
The Binalong site was previously used for a subsoil acidity project, so there will be the opportunity for participants to see what soil treatment options worked best.
Growers who have acidity issues on their farm, or those who just want to learn more about soils, are all welcome to attend.
Call James Holding at FarmLink on 0447 198 640 to book your spot.