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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010 Tasmanian Country 27 Pasture cropping at one with nature THE pioneer of pasture cropping and Gulgong far- mer, Colin Seis, will pro- vide practical advice about the technique at the Soil Health Forum. Pasture cropping is where crops are sown into perennial pastures to com- bine cropping and grazing into one land-management method. Colin Seis developed this technique in the 1990s with fellow Gulgong farmer Darryl Cluff, after facing increasing environmental problems and skyrocket- ing fertiliser costs. ''Pasture cropping re- quires a different mindset than conventional farming methods,'' Mr. Seis said. ''It is about working with, rather than against, the complexity of natural eco- systems. ''Pasture cropping in- volves sowing winter cere- al crops directly into summer-active perennial pastures and allowing stock to be grazed up to the time of sowing.'' Over 15 years of refining the method, Mr Seis said pasture cropping had proven to effectively re- duce soil erosion and crop establishment costs, pro- vide increased soil water holding capacity and im- prove nutrient availability to plants. ''Our crops are as pro- ductive as before, but with much fewer inputs, result- ing in improved pro- fitability,'' he said. More than 1500 farmers in Australia have adopted the pasture cropping meth- od.It is currently being trialled by Tasmanian far- mers in the Midlands and on the East Coast. points the way to soil's good health LAND CARE: Farmer and holistic management guru, Colin Seis, will be a special guest at the Living Soils Forum. TASMANIAN farmers are increasing- ly turning to regenerative techniques in land management, recognising that the future of farming lies in the health of our soils. The importance of soil biology for sustainable farming will be explored at a forum, Soil Health - Additives and Techniques, at Sorell on Thursday as part of NRM South's Living Soils program. The one-day forum will feature a range of expert speakers covering a diverse range of topics including Ken Yeoman's on Keyline Design, Colin Seis on advanced pasture cropping and grazing, Declan McDonald from DPIPWE on soil biology, and showcase some examples of alternative fertilisers and soil conditioners. There will also be a site visit to a local farm to see some of the regenerative techniques put into practice. The chief executive officer of NRM South, Dr Kathleen Broderick, said the Soil Health Forum will provide practi- cal options that Tasmanian farmers can then implement on their own land to improve productivity and sustain- ability. ''There is significant evidence that improving soil health and encouraging its natural biological processes im- proves productivity, reduces machin- ery costs, and decreases farmers' re- liance on fertilisers and herbicides,'' Dr Broderick said. ''Traditional cropping and grazing techniques can result in the loss of topsoil, however farmers can take positive actions to rebuild and main- tain soil.'' Dr. Broderick said regenerative and holistic techniques recognise that soil was living. ''Farmers can actively foster the creation of fertile topsoil each year by applying management techniques that allow natural living organisms in soil to thrive. ''Regenerative practices also restore soil carbon by providing the conditions for greater carbon sequestering. ''Building soil carbon provides both environmental and economic benefits by improving soil structure, disease suppression and soil water retention, as well as reducing greenhouse gases,'' Dr Broderick said. The Soil Health Forum is part of NRM South's Living Soils program which combines on-farm trials, hands- on workshops and forums to promote the links between soil biology and soil carbon. The program will also demonstrate how low input land management tech- niques can build soil biology. ''There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from farmers who have attended workshops in the Living Soils Program,'' Dr Broderick said. ''Environmental and cost pressures are leading many to look for solutions beyond conventional farming meth- ods.'' Thursday's Soil Health Forum starts at 8.45 am at the Sorell Memorial Hall. For further information about the Soil Health Forum and other NRM South initiatives call (03) 6221 6111 or email email@example.com. Renew i l gi l fertilizer r vi es ll the ene ts f syntheti fertilizers, whilst elivering signi nt iti n l l ng-ter ene ts in l ing in re se il rg ni tter il i l gi l tivity ng ter n trient s ly his le s t etter s il str t re n he lthier, resilient r tive s ils n l nts. Res lts re e y 8 ye rs f R & n s rte y intensive ng ing el n l r t ry testing ll ilt n enning n 1300 833 893 r 0 1 301 13 f r re inf r ti n. 2088546-101105 Renew fertilizer. Your biological key to plant health. TM
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