2006/V03 Soil Productivity With Naturally Occurring Additives
|Project start date:||21 August 2006|
|Project end date:||30 June 2010|
|Publication date:||20 December 2010|
|Livestock species:||Sheep, Lamb, Grassfed cattle, Grainfed cattle|
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1. To have 12 members of the group knowledgeable about the benefits of enhanced soil productivity through using different organic additives.
2. To demonstrate whether it is possible to import, on a commercial scale, organic additives that may function in place of the missing micro-organisms and enzymes.
3. To increase beef/lamb production by 10% or 10 kg live weight per ha.
4. To restore enzymes in the soil nitrogen cycle (and probably other soil cycles as well) and confirm their presence via DNA testing.
5. To demonstrate whether there is a relationship between improvement of soil health and increased productivity by 10% (weight gain of livestock grazing the pastures enriched with organic additives tested through the proposed demonstration.
6. To trial these additives to determine if the importations enhance and sustain long-term soil productivity. .
|Project manager:||Jane Weatherley|
|Primary researcher:||Red Gum Plains Soil Health Group|