$mart Soils works with farmers to demonstrate that there is an opportunity to decrease environmental impact while increasing economic efficiency and production. The program promotes best practise fertiliser management based on soil testing to maximise fertiliser use efficiency and to improve water quality throughout the Geographe Catchment.
80 farmers of the Geographe Catchment participated in the project which included comprehensive whole farm soil testing to get a paddock by paddock overview of the farm; samples were tested for phosphorus, potassium, pH and PBI (phosphorus buffering index). To assist farmers to easily identify where deficiencies occurred or where nutrients were sufficient, soil test results were displayed in colour coded nutrient maps. Farmers also had support from a GeoCatch officer and attended farmer workshops on best practice fertiliser management providing an opportunity to ask individual questions to specialists and to share experiences with other farmers.
The program was funded through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program.
GeoCatch worked in collaboration with the DAFWA to ensure $mart Soils is consistent with the broader State Fertiliser Partnership and that the most current knowledge and technical information on fertiliser management is used.
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