soil health

The Armatree field site, one of six core sites which forms an important part of the study. Credti: Chris Guppy, University of New England.

Amelioration strategies in the spotlight

Data from a long-running project has shed light on the efficacy of various amelioration strategies.

09 July 2024

Developed at the University of Tasmania, the BILBY wireless communication node sends data from a soil moisture probe through the soil to a gateway then to the cloud. Credit: University of Tasmania.

New soil sensors designed to be 'farm tough'

Two new soil sensors are on track towards commercialisation.

10 June 2024

Birchip Cropping Group senior operations manager and research agronomist, Brooke Bennett, is leading a trial looking at the legacy effects of growing pulses, aiming to put some valuable figures around the benefits of nitrogen fixation. Credit: BCG.

Legacy benefits of nitrogen fixation investigated

Victorian field trial looks at nitrogen fixation benefits from growing pulses.

02 May 2024

NSW DPI research agronomist Mathew Dunn at the Wagga Wagga, NSW, research farm, during a field day in early February. Photo: Mark Saunders.

Soil acidity problems tackled in southern NSW

NSW field experiment trial helps uncover extent and severity of soil acidity.

22 March 2024

 Planfarm business consultant, Peter Newman, said WA growers who practiced soil amelioration between 2013 and 2023 increased cropping profits by an additional $100/ha per year on average compared to growers who did not. Photo: Jenna Santos.  

Soil amelioration delivers millions to WA growers

A recent study showed soil amelioration boosted WA cropping profits by $100/ha a year on average.

13 March 2024

 Soil sniffer: QUOLL eNoses collect data on soil gases which will be accessed by users via an online interface. Pictured are University of Tasmania’s research engineer Chris Boucher and dgital agricultural scientist Dr Shahinur Alam. Photo: Soil CRC.

Electronic nose to sniff out soil biological activity

A project to develop and commercialise an electronic nose for sniffing soils is underway.

06 March 2024

 Riverine Plains announces innovative soil management project to help farmers improve drought resilience. Photo: Mark Saunders.

New Riverine Plains drought resilience project kicks off

New Riverine Plains project aims to assist farmers in improving drought resilience.

24 November 2023

 Farmers are more motivated to improve farm productivity then to gain carbon credits, according to new research. Photo courtesy of AgriFutures Australia.

Soil health motivates carbon farming uptake

New research shows improved productivity is a key carbon farming motivator.

22 November 2023


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