Digging Deeper Plus – Soil Management Program

Do you want to learn more about soil health and fertility on your farm? Would you like to read soil tests with confidence and take action to address soil issues that are impacting your business?

Digging Deeper Plus is a soil management program for farmers and other land managers in the Wet Tropics, Cape York and Northern Gulf regions, which begins in mid-December 2018 and will run until May 2019.

What's it about?

The program will be led by well-known agriculture ecologist David Hardwick with support from Terrain NRM staff and specialists.

27 farming businesses can be part of the program, which will be offered in three places - the Tablelands region, the southern coastal region of the Wet Tropics (based in the Ingham region), and the central-northern Wet Tropics coast.

Terrain NRM secured Australian Government funding through the National Landcare Program to deliver the program, which will include:

  • Places for 27 farming businesses (see below for the expression of interest form)
  • One day per month (for six months) of practical soil health sessions, with visits to each participating property
  • A soil test and comprehensive analysis
  • Development of soil action plans for all participating farming businesses

What you'll learn:

With real soils, real situations and soil tests, farmers will finish with a high level of confidence to manage their own soils. The program is delivered in a group so everyone learns from each other. The course is holistic, covers biological and chemical approaches to soils management.

You'll learn about:

  • Soils and how they function
  • Soil nutrients on-farm
  • How different farm practices affect soil health and fertility
  • Soil tests - how to read them with confidence and assess your soil health in the paddock
  • Monitoring, identifying and mapping soil types across your property
  • Identifying soil constraints such as low organic matter, pH, soil salinity
    and compaction
  • Setting benchmarks for your soils and taking effective action to address issues
  • Biofertilisers, fertilisers, soil amendments and the range of fertility input options

Register your interest and learn more about Digging Deeper Plus: 

Applications close on Friday 16 November 2018 at 4.30pm.

Email your completed application to diggingdeeper@terrain.org.au or send to
The Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator, Terrain NRM, PO Box 1756, QLD 4860.

Soil Health Videos

If you're interested in learning more about soil health in the Wet Tropics we encourage you to watch this series of short video's, which are presented by agroecologist David Hardwick.

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