Final Gippsland spring Ag Chat session looks at soils

The final Ag Chat spring session is coming up on Tuesday 6 October and will focus on soil management.

Agriculture Victoria Team Leader Caroline Love said the session will help farmers to manage their important soil assets from soil fertility targets and management to making sure they can overcome any soil production constraints.

Guest speakers for this event are Agriculture Victoria’s Livestock Industry Development Officer Fiona Baker and Land Management Extension Officer John Commins.

‘Ms Baker will explain the need to undertake a nutrient budget, particularly after the challenging seasons we have experienced in East and Central Gippsland.’

‘While there is the possibility of having lost nutrient’s through soil loss, it’s also important to understand how much you have bought onto your farm in feed products. Understanding this balance can ensure the most cost-effective soil nutrient plan can be developed.’

Ms Love said Mr Commins will discuss the need to plan any erosion control activities well to avoid some common traps and to ensure stock containment areas are not forgotten.

‘Given we might see some increased rainfall over the next few months, now is a good time to think about managing any excess run off from these events.’

The topics covered in this session on soil management will include:

  • Understanding nutrient target levels and what nutrients are bought on or removed
  • Planning forward — sowing with Phosphorous
  • Soil testing — why, how and how much $$
  • Runoff issues with potential for LA Nina conditions in spring-summer
  • Avoiding commons mistakes with erosion mitigation projects.

Time: 7 pm

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