Soil testing program places now open to farmers

Expressions of Interest are open until August 14 to take part in a Soil Testing Program to support farmers' fertiliser decisions in the South West.
Expressions of Interest are open until August 14 to take part in a Soil Testing Program to support farmers' fertiliser decisions in the South West.

Expressions of Interest are now open to take part in a Soil Testing Program to support farmers' fertiliser decisions in the South West.

The testing program provides incentives for soil testing and agronomic advice, with the Lower Blackwood LCDC providing the on-ground support for participating farmers.

As a part of the program, grazing farmers in key areas of the South West will have access to testing across their whole farm.

We're looking forward to seeing the results of the leaf tissue testing that is part of the next stage, to see if what we have implemented flows through into improved pasture nutrition levels.

Deborah Orr

Testing is combined with workshops to learn how to interpret nutrient maps and access to personalised, one-on-one agronomic advice with an accredited advisor.

The program is open to beef, dairy and sheep grazing enterprises with at least 40 cleared and arable hectares that are located in the Hardy Inlet (Lower Blackwood) Catchment.

This may include leased adjoining properties, adjacent parcels of land or land that is separated by a road or creek.

Neighbouring landholders with smaller properties may also join forces, provided their total cleared and arable areas comprise 40 hectares.

2019-20 participant Deborah Orr said: "The program was great value for us, the workshop really helped explain the science, with the whole farm nutrient map provided showing us a comprehensive picture of what is in our soil now.

"We're looking forward to seeing the results of the leaf tissue testing that is part of the next stage, to see if the recommendations we have implemented flow through into improved pasture nutrition levels. Overall, it's been a good program to be involved in and I'd recommend it to all farmers in the catchment."

The program is part of Royalties for Region's Healthy Estuaries WA and Revitalising Geographe Waterways programs, run by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to support the long-term health of South West estuaries.

Expressions of Interest close on August 14. For more information and to register your interest head to www.lowerblackwood.com.au or contact joanna.wren@lowerblackwood.com.au.