Know your farm from the ground up.
Soil testing reveals the nutrient composition of the soil, how well it retains and impacts nutrient availability, and identifies if deficiencies are present. Testing for phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N), potassium (K), pH, sulphur (S) and phosphorus buffering index (PBI) allows farmers to adapt their fertiliser application, increase efficiency and grow better pastures.
Colour-coded nutrient maps assist farmers to see exactly which paddocks will benefit from changed fertiliser applications. Often the pH of the soil is an inhibiting factor to nutrient uptake, therefore applying lime to increase pH can benefit pasture growth more than fertiliser. Farmers who participate in our soil testing program attend our annual workshop for assistance with interpreting their test results and to access agronomic advice.
Tissue testing is another tool farmers can use to see how nutrients are taken up by pasture. Tissue testing can help evaluate changes to fertiliser practices and identify how accessible soil nutrients are to pasture.
And of course, having an accurate fertiliser spreader will ensure that your fertiliser is applied where it is needed in the right quantity. Keep an eye on our Events page for upcoming Accu-Spread Field Days.
To be involved in our upcoming soil testing program, visit Healthy Estuaries WA or contact us.