“It is a challenge to account for the greater depth of topsoil, better soil moisture retention, improved growth of crops and pasture, higher carrying capacity, better quality produce and a better bottom line due to less expenditure on chemical fertilisers and farm chemicals.”

 Bernie Hunt: In the first 18 years of his 53-year valuation career, Bernie was on many farms in south-west NSW and spoke to many farmers. He was early to pick up on emerging issues such as soil compaction, soil acidification, aluminum toxicity, tree dieback as well as adverse impact on soil life and structure from use of herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilisers. 

This is an edited version of an article initially prepared for publication in the Australian Property Institute Journal. 

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