Incorporating soil health and biology and management practices to sustainably increase productivity and profitability
Learn How To Harness The Life In Your Soils For Better Farming Outcomes
Participants at our Soils Masterclasses will learn how to adopt practices and strategies to enhance the life in soils and use the power of plant-soil-microbial relationships to unlock soil nutrients, produce healthier and more nutritious plants and understand how microbes drive modern farming success.
This two day program includes:
- Full overview of soil health, soil biology and nutrition practices that reflect the latest, emerging research findings
- Conference dinner with delegates
- Conference materials and access to soil health facilities at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus
- Morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas
A full two-day program that will expand your understanding of how new research is driving renewed interest in soil health as a function of overall farm productivity:
- History of soil biology and agriculture
- Diversity and functions of soil microbes that drive productivity
- Nutrient cycling of nitrogen, carbon and other nutrients
- Plant and microbial interactions
- Soil fauna that influence soil biology and activity
- Soil health testing and analysis options
- Integrating soil health methods into practice
Who Should Attend This Course?
An ideal program for keen and innovative delegates seeking to understand the benefits of soil biology as a driver of healthy crops and healthy foods in sustainable production environments:
- Proactive and innovative growers across horticultural and agricultural sectors
- Consultants, advisors and agronomists seeking to unlock new value from cropping operations
Special Guest Presenter
Stuart McAlpine runs a 5,000 ha farm in Buntine, in the Northern Agricultural Region of Western Australia. The property has a wide mix of soil types with Stuart mainly growing cereal crops, as well as running sheep. Stuart's leading edge farming practices earnt him selection as the Northern Agricultural Region’s 2015 Soil Health Champion. As part of this role, Stuart recently presented at the 2015 Talkin’ Soil Health Conference in Kojonup.
What makes him different from many other farmers is his adoption of a biological farming system. In 2007, Stuart began his move from a high input conventional farming system to a more biological approach with much lower inputs.