Tamar Natural Resource Management, in collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia and Southern Farming Systems, will create a healthy soils discussion group to inform people on soil and crop-related issues.
These issues include improving wet soil drainage, soil report interpretation, nutrient budgeting and general soil management.
The aim of the discussion group is to bolster the knowledge of soils and breaking down barriers in understanding difficult and variable soil.
Tamar NRM's ag-focussed technical working group chairman Ian Sauer said it's important for those who work with crops to understand soil.
"With over 50 per cent of the Tamar Valley having class 4 or 5 land capability, and soils that can change dramatically from paddock to paddock, getting the soil factors right is an important first step on the path to productivity," he said.
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"Soils are like people - they are all different and need different treatment to produce their best."
Three field days will host guest experts in the field including DIPIPWE's Robert Moreton and Regional Management Consulting Group duo Dr Bill Cotching and Theresa Chapman.
"We have secured highly qualified soil scientists to present at the three field days, people that will be able to assist the discussion group and present practical ways to assess physical characteristics of soil and offer advice on how to improve them," Mr Sauer said.
Tamar NRM project coordinator Greg Lundstrom said the paddock discussions and hearing firsthand from farmers concerned will provide valuable insights for those who attend.
"Spring and autumn discussion groups of up to 20 landholders will visit a number of farms and be examining core samples taken from the Tamar Valley region's variable soil profiles," he said.
The first field day session will be held on August 9 at Hillwood.
For further information and to register contact Mr Lunsdstrom on 0438 642 112 or visit tamarnrm.com.au.
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