Earlier this year, the Soils for Life team joined researchers from The Australian National University to explore the highly diverse and variable landscape of Martin Royd's property, Jillamatong. ANU is building a tool to understand natural capital on farms and how it contributes to profitability and resilience, and producers like Martin play an important role in helping them assess and value natural capital and ecosystem services on farms. Martin shared his insights and experience of regenerating soils and we looked at how he rehydrated his landscape and changed his grazing management to rebuild soil function. We were also able to take some hydraulic soil cores on the day, take a look to see some of the variability in the landscape: ow.ly/NDbK50GamZX... See MoreSee Less
Martin shared his insights and experience of regenerating Jillamatong. We focused on how he had rehydrated his landscape and changed his grazing management to rebuild soil function, improve the resili...
Looking for something to brighten your day? These are our Rangeland Living Skin Artwork competition finalists!
Students from the Western Local Land Services region were invited to create an artwork which represents Rangelands Living Skin, a new project in the NSW Rangelands linking scientists and farming families led by NSW Department of Primary Industries and funded by Meat & Livestock Australia. We have so many favourites, but the judging panel of Australia's National Soils Advocate, the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC, rangelands producer Angus Whyte of Wyndham Station and local artist Janet Laurence selected George Mashford as the winner!
George's artwork will now be finalised by a professional graphic designer to become the visual theme for the project. George and runners up Jandre Mostert and Cherry Foreman will receive soil kits for their school to participate in the soil monitoring citizen science project 🌱😊👏
We have been getting lots of questions about controlling African lovegrass! African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is one of the major scourges of pastoral agriculture in New South Wales and is a declared noxious weed in most states of Australia. It has negligible nutritional value for grazing animals and can suppress growth of more nutritious pasture species by blocking access to sunlight, soil moisture and nutrients. Learn how to manage African lovegrass in different contexts from two past Soils for Life case studies: soilsforlife.org.au/african-lovegrass/... See MoreSee Less
African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is one of the major scourges of pastoral agriculture in New South Wales and is a declared noxious weed in most states of Australia. It has negligible nutritional...
There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on Earth.
What do we know about these cities of soil biota? Research from Edith Hammer at Lund University has been spying on the world underneath our feet. From fungal highways to hitch-hiking bacteria, learn more about soil microbial cities: bit.ly/3jVBNLt... See MoreSee Less
Our new #farmingpodcast for Soils for Life please listen to the #trailer and like and #share and #subscribe so when the first episode drops you will hear the lovely #ping in your favourite podcast player. 🌱link in comments #farming #podcasts ... See MoreSee Less