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Welcome to the August 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.  

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Vegetable Crop Nutrition Master Class 2019, VIC

New 1.5 day format that will cover the latest technologies, tools and approaches for managing crop nutrition.

Almost full, only a couple of places left!

Webinar: Technology for controlling weeds in vegetable production

Speaker line-up announced!
  • Jeremy Winer, Weedtechnics: Steam Saturation – development of chemical free weed management 
  • Dave Farmer, Croplands: WEEDit, GreenSeeker and Recapture – what are they and how do they work?
  • Robert Tucker, Agriculture Guided Implement Systems: Soundwave frequency – evolution and lessons from overseas.

DEMONSTRATION SITE NEWS

Compost and engagement delivers benefits on the Northern Adelaide Plains, SA


The Soils in Action project was run by AUSVEG SA from early to mid 2019 on the Northern Adelaide Plains. Two demonstration trial sites were established to showcase compost use in commercial vegetable production, both field and greenhouse. These included: 
  • Advanced compost use at Thorndon Park (Anthony DeIeso) 
  • Compost use in greenhouses in Virginia (Day Van Dang). 
Both participating growers were able to demonstrate clear benefits from using compost in their vegetable production, with the trial site at Thorndon Park achieving a particularly strong result. Anthony DeIeso has now applied compost to the remainder of his property and started to use cover crops to further improve soil conditions.

The trial site with Day Van Dang faced challenges due to seedling stock being delivered late for the initial trial site, however, applications of compost to previous blocks in conjunction with the trial site have shown strong crop results from use of compost and minimal use of fertiliser inputs.

The Soil Wealth ICP project contributed through installation of soil moisture monitoring gear (left), assistance in setting up the trials, developing a podcast, as well as running a Soil Masterclass to discuss and analyse the results (above). 

This project was supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, with funding from the NRM levy. Thanks to Peats for the generous donation of compost, and the effort the growers put into looking after the trial sites. 

NEW RESOURCES

Lyndon Orpwood discusses the benefits of strip-tillage to Simplot Australia

Calcium cyanamide fertiliser in carrots: Economics fact sheet

What we're watching: Nutrition management and plant disease with Dr Len Tesoriero (webinar recording) 

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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