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Hi Carl,


Welcome to the March 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 Levy R&D Project Updates and Discussion, VIC

Join this event to learn from key researchers about the latest findings of several Hort Innovation Vegetable Levy Funded Projects and to partake in a follow-up one-on-one discussion and networking session, including members of the Soil Wealth ICP project team.

Cover Crops Coaching Clinic - Manjimup, WA

Come along to this practical workshop with Dr Kelvin Montagu and Darren Long, which will be run with a small group and a personalised program.

DEMONSTRATION SITE NEWS

IWM on a Bathurst, NSW pumpkin farm: Advantages & drawbacks of ground cover use, tillage and residual herbicides


Grey pumpkins (var. Sampson) were planted the week of 4 November 2019, following strip tillage of terminated ryecorn and conventional tillage (rotary hoe) of terminated oats and vetch cover crop areas respectively. Clomazone herbicide was applied post- sowing pre-emergent (PSPE) at a rate of 0.4 kg a.i./ha and incorporated immediately with 25 mm irrigation water. A small control area was left untreated (no herbicide), both for the strip tilled ryecorn and conventionally tilled oats and vetch cover crop areas. A month post-sowing, most of the conventionally tilled area was inter-row cultivated.

Read this case study to find out more about the trial design, results and key take homes.

NEW RESOURCES

Plant Analysis for Vegetable Crops - A Practical Guide to Sampling, Analysis and Interpretation

Don’t leave crop productivity and quality to chance – monitor to manage using plant analysis.

Hot off the press, the Plant Analysis for Vegetable Crops Guide explains how to use plant analysis to monitor and manage vegetable crop nutrition, benefiting your production system by achieving balanced, site specific nutrient management.
South Australian Grower Compost Trial

Two demonstration trial sites were established under the Soils in Action project, run by AUSVEG SA, to showcase compost use in commercial vegetable production. The aim was to improve soil health and reduce the use of inputs e.g. of fertilisers and irrigation water.

Read this case study to find out more about the trial results and the benefits the two growers realised in a field and greenhouse system.

Spotlight on soil biology and Integrated Weed Management (IWM)

Each edition we're showcasing news, information and resources on our focus topics for 2020. This month, the lessons from continued innovation in weed management in Clyde, Victoria. Check out these couple of great case study videos from the team at the University of New England. 

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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