Project aims to unlock the true value of organic soil amendments

A project led by the Queensland University of Technology is focusing on providing farmers, agronomists and suppliers of manures and composts with a decision support tool for integrating organic amendments into farm nutrient budgets.

The tool will ultimately help farmers accurately calculate the content and release of nutrients from different forms of organic amendments into soil.

The farm-ready tool is being tested on demonstration sites from Queensland to Victoria, including vegetables, cotton, cropping and pasture. Case studies will also be developed to examine reduced fertiliser use and cost reduction, possible yield benefits from using organic amendments and other soil health and sustainability benefits. 

The manure and compost nutrient calculator will be available as a farmer-friendly web and smart phone app, and will help to directly link farmers and suppliers of organic soil amendments. 

Download the project summary to learn more.