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Hi Carl,

Welcome to the December 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.  

The Soil Wealth ICP project team wishes you a safe and happy festive season!


Webinar: Planning for Summer - Irrigation and Water Management

Missed this great session today? Not to worry!

Watch the webinar recording, hosted by VegNET, with a Victoria-specific focus on the summer weather outlook, water availability north of the divide and preparation of irrigation systems.

Webinar: Biofumigation and Cover Crops PART 1: What variety and when?

Missed our webinar last week? You can watch the recording now. 

Dr John Duff and Kelvin Montagu summarise the results of trials growing more than 12 different biofumigants at different times of the year in Gatton and Bundaberg.

Stay tuned for PART 2 of the webinar recording on pests and diseases of biofumigant crops. 


Irrigation monitoring in potatoes, Cowra NSW

The AHR and RMCG team are currently setting up an irrigation monitoring site in a centre pivot irrigated potato paddock near Cowra, NSW. 

Wildeye soil moisture monitors will continuously monitor two depths (15 cm and 30 cm) over the summer months, and the project team will develop a water budget to forecast irrigation requirements on a rolling weekly schedule. 

The IrriSAT app will also be used for crop growth rate calculation, crop water use forecasts, along with NDVI images showing field variability. This will be cross-checked in the field. 

You can get regular updates on progress of the demonstration via Soil Wealth ICP social media channels soon. Stay tuned!

Yield, weed control & dirt splash at harvest in pumpkins, Bathurst NSW

Our demonstration site at Bathurst NSW is looking good thanks to Michael Camenzuli’s good management and hard work! Cover crops (ryecorn, oat and vetch) were grown mostly on winter moisture, terminated and rolled down ahead of strip-tillage. Clomazone herbicide was applied post sow/pre-emergence (PSPE) to the pumpkins and a small control area was left untreated to monitor weed suppression from the ryecorn cover crop and reduced tillage (strip-till). 

Wildeye moisture monitors indicate that the bigger biomass crop of ryecorn dried the soil out more than the oat and vetch. We fully expect the ryecorn ground cover to help infiltration, reduce evaporation and be a big benefit through the coming summer months. Bathurst is currently on severe water restrictions and saving water is paramount.


Soil phosphorus - The basics

This fact sheet covers the common characteristics of soil P and its availability for uptake by plants such as pH, mobility and microbial activity, and provides practical management tips and tools in line with the ‘4Rs’ - right source at the right rate, right time, right place.

Chilli spacing trial: summary report

This summary reports the results from a 2017 field trial that aimed to examine if reducing plant density can reduce soilborne disease incidence and/or improve marketable yields in chilli crops. Spacing can have a substantial effect on relative disease pressure, yield and gross margin.

What we're watching: Biosecurity lessons in planning and response for the vegetable industry (webinar recording) 

Exciting announcement for next year ...

To find out more about the Soil Wealth ICP project visit the website, or join the Soil Wealth 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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