This website is an extension channel of the following two 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)
- Soilborne Disease (VG15010)
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.
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.