Welcome to the March edition of the Bulletin where you can find the latest on upcoming events, demonstration site news and resources on soil management and plant health in the Australian vegetable industry. 


Webinar: Strip-tillage solutions for vegetables and potatoes with Steve Peterson (USA) and Ben Pogiolli from Niffty Ag

Missed our webinar today? Not to worry, watch the recording now

Strip-tillage combines the best of no-till and conventional tillage in the one operation.

Learn from industry experts on how strip-till will save you fuel and time, increase soil organic matter, reduce erosion and compaction, and how fertilisers can be banded at multiple depths.

Cover Crops Coaching Clinic - getting cover crops working on your farm, QLD

This clinic brings cover crops into the 21st-century combining the new science, machinery and management practices to make them work on today’s farms.

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Rowers on the River, 2 Toonburra St, Bundaberg, QLD 4670

For more information and to register click here


Soil moisture the real winner in a hot, dry summer at the Cowra demonstration site, NSW

The Cowra demonstration site in southern NSW is focussed on improving soil health through cover crops and improved tillage.

Wildeye moisture monitors assess the volumetric water content (VWC) in the soil, which is simply the ratio of water volume to soil volume. They are relatively inexpensive and simple to install, and readings are automatically uploaded to the internet. The sandy loam soil in Cowra can hold approximately 40 mm available water in 30 cm of topsoil.

Wildeyes were installed in both the control area and the ryecorn cover crop areas. A 24 mm storm rain event on the night of 11 January 2019 showed a big difference in infiltration rates and soil moisture retention between fallow versus ground cover. 

Read the full update to find out more about the soil moisture monitoring results for summer 2019 following a ryecorn cover crop being sown in winter 2018.

You find out more about the demonstration site on our website, or head to the Facebook page for regular updates. 


Erosion control machinery - Harvest Moon, TAS case study demonstration site

Vegetable cropping can leave topsoil vulnerable to significant erosion.

In this exciting package of resources we explore a unique machine, the ripper mulcher. Invented and built in Tasmania by Bill Cotching to control erosion on sloping ground under cultivation. The ripper mulcher is one of the soil health tools being used by Harvest Moon, an intensive vegetable production business in north west Tasmania.

You can read the fact sheet and listen to our first podcast in a series to find out more.

Technology for controlling weeds - Global Scan and Review

The Soil Wealth and ICP project is scanning global technologies to bring you some of the most interesting and practical advances in weed management. Most new technology for controlling weeds will be a positive step forward for soil health and the environment, and will play an important role in our fight against herbicide resistant weeds.

This global scan and review provides guidance on non-selective fallow paddock weed control, as well as selective In-crop weed control, and delivery technology.

What we're watching: Soil Borne Disease Series - Club Root

A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of club root. Watch it here.

To find out more about the Soil Wealth or ICP projects visit the website, or join the Soil Wealth and ICP Community of Practice online. You can also follow us on Twitter @ProtectingCrops or @SoilWealth for the latest news and updates.
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