HOW many of us understand what the soil under our feet delivers in terms of productive capacity?
How could millions of micro-organisms manage to turn livestock manure into plant nutrients saving us valuable dollars on input products?
Chris Alenson and David Stewart have delivered soil and pasture workshops for Landcare Networks across Victoria and passionately believe that producers need to take responsibility for their patch of turf.
Chris believes by understanding the physical, chemical and biological aspects of their soil, producers are better placed to make management decisions on how best to enhance the fertility and hence the production on their farms.
David has great experience with pasture management and helping producers maximise growth and feed value of pastures.
A soil workshop is being held at the Poowong Football Club rooms on Sunday, November 8 from 10am to 4.30pm.
The workshop will provide a solid grounding on soils and how the supply of valuable plant nutrients relies on the physical aspects of the soil allied with the host of microorganisms that call this soil medium home.
“How many producers”, asks Chris, “understand that even moderate compaction can affect phosphorus supply and the decomposition of plant roots into nitrogen fertiliser?”
Participants at the soil workshops will take part in hands on soil activities that will assist them in determining the quality of their soil.
The pasture workshop is being held in autumn 2016, (date TBA) and will provide a clear understanding of how different pasture species grow and how it can be influenced by grazing animals.
There is no charge for either workshop however registrations are essential for course material.
Registrations close Monday, November 4 to the South Gippsland Landcare Network on 5662 5759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided; please BYO lunch.
This course is supported by the South Gippsland Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.