Soil health videos

December 10, 2018

Soil is one of the most important assets on your land and like all valuable assets it needs to be managed and maintained so that it functions well. If your soil is in poor condition it will impact your plant growth and crop yield.

This series of short videos has been produced to provide some basic information about soil health and some of the main soil issues affecting landholders in the Wet Tropics. Click on the links below to watch.

SOIL HEALTH IN THE WET TROPICS
This video is an introduction to soil health, what it is and why it's important to Wet Tropics farming systems. It explains how the biological, physical and chemical aspects to your soil need to be in balance in order for it to function well.

THE LIFE IN YOUR TOPSOIL
Healthy soils are full of life with lots of living organisms that we call soil biology. This video covers the basics of soil biology, what it is, what the different living organisms are in your soil and why it's important to your farming system.

SOIL ORGANIC MATTER IN THE WET TROPICS
Organic matter lies at the heart of good soil health. In this video we cover the basics of organic matter, what it is, why it's important, how to assess and benchmark it and some of the things you can do to improve the organic matter in your topsoils.

MANAGING NITROGEN ON YOUR FARM
Nitrogen fertiliser is used a lot in the Wet Tropics and it is important for crop yields but it is also a challenge to get nitrogen management right. This video covers the key things you need to know about nitrogen and the main strategies for increasing nitrogen use efficiency and reducing N losses from your paddock.

SOIL ACIDITY IN THE WET TROPICS
Many soil types are acid across the Wet Tropics and our high rainfall drives the acidification process even more. In fact, soil acidity is one of our biggest soil health issues. This video looks at what soil acidity and pH is, why it's important to manage, how to assess it and some of the things you can do to manage it.

SOIL STRUCTURE IN THE WET TROPICS
Poor soil structure, or compaction, is when the soil gets dense and heavily packed down and it is a big problem across the Wet Tropics. Healthy soil has good structure and in this video we look at what this means, how to assess and benchmark your soil structure and some of the ways you can build and improve it.