Optimising Plant Nutrition, for Growers! Effective and Efficient Strategies for Lowering Inputs and Improving Production Ensuring that the plants we grow, get the nutrition they need, is important for the robust growth, pest and disease resistance and yield outcomes we want from our enterprise programs. However, current agricultural trends see a decline in soil health, accompanied by a greater reliance on finite and increasingly costly fertilisers, and major environmental issues that are associated with such practices. More than ever, there is both an economic and ecological imperative for management practices that look after our soil so that we get better nutrient retention, delivery and cycling, and well informed, targeted fertiliser applications, to achieve desirable plant performance outcomes with minimal waste. In this one-day workshop with Mark Tupman of Productive Ecology, we will cover the underlying principles and fundamentals of how to: Build Fertile and Functional Soils Determine the Nutritional Status of Soils and Plants How to Best Apply Nutrients to the Soil and Plants Develop Sound Nutritional Programs for our Crops/Pastures The day will also include a practical session making and applying nutritional amendments.
The schedule for the day: 9:00-10:30: An overview of Soil/Plant Health and then a presentation on How to Build Fertile and Functional Soils 10:30-11:00: Morning Tea 11:00-12:30: Presentations on Understanding Soil/Plant Testing and Targeting Nutrient Applications 12:30-1:30: Lunch 1:30-3:00: A practical session on making and applying nutritional amendments (tailored to the venue) 3:00: Wrap up
Soil Wise is funded by the National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants – an Australian Government initiative. It is supported by Healthy Estuaries WA – a State Government program.
We acknowledge the Minang and Koreng people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present, and emerging and to the wider Noongar community.