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On the Land

4 December, 2021

Soil field day

SOIL health, mulch trials and spray drones were hot topics at the recent Wet Tropics Soilcare (WETS) fi eld day and annual general meeting.

Wet Tropics Soil Care group comparing hay, woodchip, teatree mulch with normal practices at Caamano's lime farm in Mareeba.

The event attracted 40 farmers from across the Wet Tropics who visited farms in the Tablelands region to make plans for the year ahead, hear from soil specialists and share knowledge on soil health practices. 

Terrain NRM Landcare Leader Sally Fields said it was great to see a broad range of growers and landholders participate and share their knowledge and experience. 

“Community groups like WETS are important in our region because they foster information and knowledge-sharing and provide a platform for soil health discussions within the agricultural industry,” she said. 

“Building soil health and agricultural resilience is a major priority for Terrain NRM and our region and supporting groups like WETS means the momentum of soil health advocacy grows.” 

Avocado, custard apple, soursop and lime crop soil health were in the spotlight at the field day’s first stop – John Jennings’ family farm in Mareeba. 

Comparing hay, woodchip and tea tree mulch with normal practices on the Caamano’s lime farm was also an insightful experience for growers. 

Presentations from BioHub Solutions on their range of bio stimulants, used to help improve the biological balance in soil, and from Brolga Tech on the capabilities of drone technology, including spraying of herbicides, fertilisers, seeds, and beneficial insects for pest control, were also part of the field day.

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