Learn about soil health

Martin Hamilton from Agriculture Victoria and Robert Pearce from 'Olive's Olives' at Edgecombe discuss the upcoming Soil Health Workshop to be held at the Olive Farm on World Soil Health Day on December 5. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

Martin Hamilton from Agriculture Victoria and Robert Pearce from 'Olive's Olives' at Edgecombe discuss the upcoming Soil Health Workshop to be held at the Olive Farm on World Soil Health Day on December 5. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

If you would like to learn more about soil health on your property and how to improve it why not come along on Wednesday December 5 on World Soil Day to a free workshop being run by the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network at an olive plantation in Edgecombe.

Experts such as Martin Hamilton, Rebecca Mitchell and Dr Helen Hayden from Agriculture Victoria will be presenting. Dr Hayden has over 20 years experience working in soil biology and plant pathology in many different agricultural industries and in native ecosystems.

"Many landowners are generally aware of the soil chemical and physical constraints that can affect their paddocks and limit crop yields, but soils also have a biological component that plays an important role in soil health," Dr Hayden said. "In the workshop we will uncover why biology is so important for healthy soil, caring for the environment and getting the best out of our farming land."

Participants will learn how to evaluate the condition of their soil and apply appropriate management practices to ensure soil health.

They will also gain knowledge on identifying possible soil health issues using nine simple visual tests, conducted in the field.

By bringing in soil samples from their property attendees will learn how to use the Soil Health Score card to provide real-time information on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of their soil.

The latest Soil Health Guide produced by NCCMA will be provided to participants, as well as lunch.

Soil is one of the most significant parts of our ecosystems, contributing to our food, water and energy, and it plays an important part in reducing the impact of climate change.

The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.

So why not come along and learn how to improve the Soil Health of your property. Tuesday, December 5, 10.30am to 1.30pm at 'Olive's Olives' Olive Plantation Edgecombe.

Booking are essential by emailing environment@mrsc.vic.gov.au or calling 5421 9660.

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