EP farmers testing soil acidity after five-year project

July 5, 2023 12:02 pm in by
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Eyre Peninsula farmers have acknowledged the importance of testing soil after the five-year Regenerative Agriculture Program.

Delivered by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board and facilitated by Agriculture Innovation and Research Eyre Peninsula (AIR EP), the final soil acidity workshop was delivered to farmers last week.

The Agriculture Program’s focus has been on learning what sustainable agriculture practices work best for farmers on-ground and restoring local soil pH levels.

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Farmer’s now know how to test their land’s pH levels and how to treat acidity build-up with locally-available lime sand.

University of Adelaide researcher Ruby Hume also got involved in the project, applying spectrometry-based methods to see small amounts of lime in soil samples.

Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer Josh Telfer says there’s been an explosion of awareness about soil acidity on the Eastern EP, with farmers acknowledging the consequences of toxic soil.

Mr Telfer says he hopes Ms Hume’s work will inform farmers of how much more lime is needed following the initial application.