Soil organic matter, biology and mineralisation – The challenges & complexity of estimating mineralisation rates

Important note: we strongly recommend to have the presentation handy while watching the webinar, since the recording sometimes skips every other slide. Webcams have not been recorded either, unfortunately. Apologies for this inconvenience.

 

AHR’s Marc Hinderager and Soilpack Services’ Ian Packer are teaming up to deliver a webinar on soil organic matter, soil biology and the challenges and complexity of estimating mineralisation rates in soils. Horticulture Australia’s adoption of cover crops, reduced tillage and compost are all game changers for nitrogen tie-up and release for subsequent vegetable crops.

Ian runs his own consultancy service and has over 45 years experience in soil research and extension, recently delivering “Train the Trainer” workshops across NSW.

Click on below links for additional resources on topics discussed in the webinar:

  1. How to measure and interpret soil nitrogen mineralisation. Click here for fact sheet by Oregon State University.
  2. Examples of commercially available soil tests. Click here for nitrogen infosheet and carbon infosheet. Note: this is not a recommendation to use, this is for information only.
  3. Impact of herbicides on soil biology and function. Click here for GRDC funded review.  

The presentation from the webinar is available to download here.

The webinar is presented by the SWICP2 project and funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable and potato research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.