The Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) projects provide research and development (R&D) extension services, products and communication on improved soil management and plant health to the Australian vegetable industry.
This website is an extension channel of the following three projects funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government:
- Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection (VG16078)
- Managing soilborne disease (VG15010)
- Optimising cover crops (VG16068).
Phase 1 of the Soil Wealth and ICP extension projects (VG13076 and VG13078) were successfully delivered by Applied Horticultural Research and RMCG over three years from 2014-2017, providing effective national coverage. The feedback from the vegetable industry has been strong and positive with 25% of the industry engaged directly, with 80% reporting making better informed decisions because of the projects.
The new Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 project will respond to increasing economic, consumer, environmental and technological demands on vegetable producers (VG16078). It will deliver integrated, independent, research-based information to growers and advisers to support business decisions on soil management and plant health from 2017-2022.
The Soilborne Disease project uses the framework of Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection to communicate knowledge and management options for soilborne diseases that affect the Australian vegetable industry.