Kim Ngov grows snow peas on trellises with the alleys heavily infested with weeds and the added problem of heavy foot traffic causing the soil to become soggy following rainfall.
Recently, Kim took up the suggestion from the SoilWealth & ICP team of seeding cover crops into the alleys of snow pea for weed suppression, creating an easier working environment for his staff and reducing the reliance on herbicides and minimising the exposure of chemicals to personnel, crops and the environment.
Soil biology is a complex, dynamic and broad field. This podcast will introduce you to the concept of why biology is important to soil fertility and maximising crop production.
Agronomists, Dr Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyse and Marc Hinderager, discuss the outcomes from a case study carried out on a pumpkin farm in Bathurst, NSW. You will hear how inter-row ground cover may assist you in suppressing weeds and a more integrated approach, using cover crops and strip-till, might help you reduce the use of herbicides. And not disturbing the soil, will result in better water infiltration rates and moisture retention.
Benefits of cover crops and strip-till for pumpkin production – interview with Michael Camenzuli from Bathurst (6 minutes)
Vegetable grower, Michael Camenzuli, managed to grow pumpkins without the use of plastics. Instead, he used a cover crop (rolled and strip-tilled) resulting in cleaner pumpkins at harvest.
Agronomist, Marc Hinderager, has been working with the growers in Cowra and reports on the results of this cover crop trial.
Mixed cover crops trial for soil health: Soil First Tasmania demonstration site podcast (14 min listen)
This podcast looks at the value of on-farm trials, and the support given to practice change by membership of a grower group. We meet two Tasmanian farmers, Rebecca Addison and Yuri Wolfert, who trialled mixed cover crops for soil health before potatoes in 2019; with the support of grower group Soil First Tasmania, and funding from Landcare Tasmania. They speak about the challenges and teachings from their trials and what they will do differently in the future.
Over the past two years, Victorian vegetable growing operation Schreurs & Sons and the Soil Wealth ICP team have partnered to explore the application of precision agriculture in celery, leek and baby leaf production systems. The demonstration site is located at Adam Schreurs’ Cora Lynn farm, about 80km south-east of Melbourne, Victoria.
Management of rots, both in the field and post-harvest, is an ongoing challenge for potato producers. Agronomists Marc Hinderager and Dr Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyse discuss a trial that was set up to explore the effect of sanitisers and/or drying on the development of post-harvest bacterial soft rot in potatoes (9 min listen).
Growing Matters - #2 Link between soil wealth and cover cropping with Dr Kelvin Montagu (12 min listen)
Link between soil wealth and cover cropping with Dr Kelvin Montagu (12 min listen)
Get inspired by this podcast with Dr Kelvin Montagu who gives a good overview on cover cropping, the key benefits for using it on your farm – for your wallet and for your soil health – as well as some handy tips and methods for doing it successfully.
The 9 minute podcast provides
1. an overview of cover cropping
2. benefits of cover cropping
3. typical types of cover crops
4. how quickly can you see benefits
5. what savings can you expect
6. top tips
the podcast is part of VG16068 Optimising cover cropping for the Australian vegetable industry
The Soil Wealth ICP team look at how Harvest Moon, a large volume vegetable producer in North West Tasmania, are using cover crops to protect and improve their precious red soil.
The Soil Wealth ICP project follows the implementation of a compost trial for vegetable growers in Virginia SA.
The Soil Wealth ICP project presents this podcast about controlled traffic farming, featuring the best practice agriculture of Tasmanian vegetable growing operation Harvest Moon.
The ripper mulcher is unique machine invented and built in Tasmania by Bill Cotching to control erosion on sloping ground under cultivation.
Listen to this podcast of the webinar recording with with Bruce Scott & Dr Doris Blaesing.
Listen to this podcast of the the webinar recording by Dr Len Tesoriero.