Improving soil health for productivity in a drying climate

Western Australia has just recorded its driest October on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

And that follows our warmest winter on record in which statewide rainfall was also 46 per cent below the seasonal average.

These features of our changing climate create a myriad of challenges for primary producers with flow-on effects for our food supply chain.

Part of the recognised solution is equipping our farmers with science to increase the productivity and profitability of their agricultural soils.

With that in mind, the Soil Cooperative Research Centre CRC) has just released a 16-episode sustainable soil management webinar series free to watch on youtube.

The webinars were developed on the advice of 3 expert groups across Australia with South West NRM Manager Sustainable Agriculture Peter Clifton contributing to the WA cohort.

The webinars cover key soil health topics and were generously delivered by soil experts from the Soil CRC’s participant organisations and research partners.

The project was co-funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Soil CRC.

The Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) brings together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils.

It’s the largest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history.

Underperforming agricultural soils cost Australian farmers billions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

The CRC aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils.

A big challenge for producers in our region is non-wetting soils. You can read our Case Study on the topic via the link below.

For more information on managing non-wetting soils in the South West, read our Case Study.