Videos and apps
The Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection projects provide R&D extension services, products and communication on improved soil management and plant health to the Australian vegetable industry.
From 2014 to 2017, RMCG and AHR have delivered the projects for Horticulture Innovation Australia. Phase 1 of the projects have now been completed. So, what’s been achieved?
Strip-till is a system of cultivation that works strips of soil where the crop will be planted or sown and leaves most of the soil covered and undisturbed.
Watch this video to find out more about the benefits and challenges of using strip tillage in vegetable production systems, as well as testimonials from growers.
As part of its levy-funded project navigating the wealth of soil health information available to growers, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture has undertaken a series of interviews with growers from around Australia to provide insights into what they're doing to manage the most valuable resource on their farms: their soil.
In this video, Tasmanian grower James Addison discusses the value of cover cropping in maintaining soil health and increasing productivity in potato production.
A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of summer root rot.
A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of club root.
A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of bottom rot.
A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of black rot.
A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of big vein.
A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of basel plate rot.
Some of the advantages of buckwheat include rapid growth, strong weed suppression and quick breakdown of residues, allowing it to fit into tight rotations and certain crops like baby leaf.
Watch this video to find out more.
The farm walk on cover crops by Kelvin Montagu was streamed by Good Fruit and Vegetables and can be viewied here.
Hear from Rob Hinrichsen of Kalfresh in QLD about using controlled traffic in commercial vegetable production systems.
This video captures Rob's experiences with the technology achieving 'growing zones' and 'driving zones', the benefits of reduced tillage down from 11-12 passes to 2-3 passes, the costs of transitioning the cultivation system, as well as how the business piloted the technology before making the big change.
Hear from Rob Hinrichsen of Kalfresh in QLD about using cover crops, or 'green carbon', in commercial vegetable production systems.
This video captures Rob's experiences in using different types of cover crops such as tillage raddish and sun hemp to achieve different objectives, some of the benefits of using cover crops such as increased soil carbon and crop resilience, as well as providing advice to those starting out.
Hear from Rob Hinrichsen of Kalfresh in QLD about using compost in commercial vegetable production systems. This video captures Rob's experiences in soil biology, short and long-term compost, the financial implications of using compost, and advice for starting out.
Crop sensing is allowing the adoption of variable rate management to address yield variability, improve management of inputs and maximise productivity.
Dale Gies outlines the importance of correct establishment and water and nutrient requirements of biofumigant crops.
Check out how precision farming techniques are being adapted to vegetable production.
Hear from Tasmanian lettuce grower Colin Houston about the exciting demonstrations being run on his new farm aimed at improving profitability and sustainability.
Vegetable growers and advisors discuss how attending a master class has changed the way they manage soilborne diseases and influenced their business.
Vegetable growers and advisors talk about how implementing integrated crop protection and new soil management practices has changed their business.
This 5 minute video clip describes how nitrous oxide emissions from soils and nitrogen fertiliser can be managed using right source (product), rate, time and place principles.
A seven minute overview of soil carbon in agriculture.
A two minute summary of Dr Doris Blaesing's presentation "Understanding Manures & Composts".
Part 2 of 5 of a Green Crops and Biofumigation seminar presented by Dale Gies from High Performance Seeds Inc, Washington, USA. Seminar hosted by Serve-Ag Tasmania, February 2015 and broadcast by Soil Wealth.
A summary of the importance of soil, soil science and good soil management from a Victorian perspective.
Missed the Bulmer Farm Walk on 21 May 2015? Catch up on reduced tillage options in vegetables in this video from Jeanette Servers of Good Fruit & Vegetable.
This video documentary showcases grower practices used to better manage sweetpotato pests in their Australian sweetpotato production systems. It was produced as a result of project VG09052 'Integration of crop and soil insect management in sweetpotato', which was undertaken by the Australian Sweetpotato Growers Association (ASPG inc).
Part 1 of 5 of a Green Crops and Biofumigation seminar presented by Dale Gies from High Performance Seeds Inc, Washington, USA. Seminar hosted by Serve-Ag Tasmania, February 2015 and broadcast by Soil Wealth.
Veg Pest ID helps farmers and agricultural professionals identify pests on Australian vegetable crops. Even tricky insects, diseases and disorders can be found with a few taps or keyword search.
Identify Pests Quickly: Identify thousands of different pests on your crops quickly and easily.
Fast Searching: Fast keyword searching to find the pest you’re looking for in an instant.
Quality Content: Over 1,500 pests at your fingertips. High resolution images.
Multi Device: Available on iPhone & iPad. Also available on Android Mobile & tablet.
This in depth educational video examines the different species of cover crops on the market today. Learn the characteristics and benefits of planting legumes, grasses, cereals, and more. If you're new to cover crops, this is the video you must see.
Ed Windley and Ben Moore are vegetable growers from Kalbar, Queensland. In conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Ed and Ben are trialling new practices such as controlled traffic and variable rate applications to maximise efficiency on their farms.
This ABC Landline story which aired on the 3/04/2011 shows how other producers have implemented an ICP approach on their property. Discussions about vegetable ICP begin about 4 minutes into the video.
A reduced till system on this Cowra vegetable farm delivered soil, cost and crop benefits.
NSW farmers, Ed and James Fagan explain how they developed a reduced tillage vegetable farming operation in Cowra, NSW.
Vegetable grower Peter Schreurs talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.
Vegetable grower Paul Gazzola talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.
Fresh Select vegetable grower Stuart Grigg talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.
Want to get an good overview of soil biology, then this video is a good place to start.