Soil scientists to discuss sustainable soils at Sea Lake

Good soil stewardship is a key focus for BCG and BCG members, particularly soil nutrition and fertility. In line with this focus, BCG is hosting a free AgriWomen GAPP (growth, adoption, productivity and profit) Group Sustainable Soils Workshop at The Juke Restaurant at Sea Lake on Wednesday the 9th of June at 10am (covid restrictions permitting). The workshop will be supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Attendees will hear from prominent soil science researchers, agronomists and specialists the latest research and tools to support sustainable soils in the region. The workshop will also provide a networking opportunity for women in the agriculture industry with attendees encouraged to make connections while enjoy a working lunch provided by The Juke Restaurant at Sea Lake.

Well known and highly regarded agronomist Kate Wilson (AgriVision Woomelang) will highlight the importance of knowing your soil type and its capabilities in the Mallee environment. BCG Research Agronomist and Rhode Scholar Kate Maddern will discuss the farming practices that influence soil characteristics and both Kates will teach attendees how to interpret soil tests to make good decisions.

Renowned scientist Dr James Hunt, from LaTrobe University, will deliver his latest research into The N Bank and how he sees this change in thinking affecting profitability as well as the opportunity it provides for soil organic carbon.

Soil scientist Dr Cassandra Schefe from AgriSci will then discuss how farmers can best manage Wimmera and Mallee soils for both productivity and soil organic carbon.

The workshop will also include an overview of the recently announced Federal Government National Soil Strategy and what it might mean for farmers across the region. The event will conclude with afternoon tea at 3pm.

The AgriWomen GAPP group meetings can be attended by any women who live, work or are interested in best practice agriculture and growing knowledge and capability in the sector. BCG would like to extend the invite to any interested candidates to join the group.

This is a covid safe event. Registration is essential either by calling the BCG office on (03) 5492 2787 or www.bcg.org.au/events/agriwomens-gapp-workshop-sustainable-soils/

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