Many agricultural practices can make soils less healthy than they were in their natural state. By managing structure, nutrients and biology in the soil, farmers can work soils within their capability so that the soils are able to recover from agricultural disturbance without being degraded (more).
The Position statement on soils for NSW Department of Primary Industries outlines the policy context, use and management principles and objectives that enable the agency to take a lead role in soil futures for NSW.
IN THIS SECTION
- Fertilisers and soil improvement
Information about specific nutrients. Fertilisers for crops and pastures. Earthworms and composting to improve soil.
- Soil types, structure and condition
Soil structure, cultivation and compaction. Soil moisture and organic matter.
- Soil biology
Soil microbes, earthworms and other biota.
- Soil carbon
Soil health and climate change.
- Soil management guides
Soil management in a range of production systems. SOILpak series.
- Soil acidity
Soil pH, measuring acidity, liming, MASTER factsheet series.
- Acid sulfate soils
Floodgates, drains, coastal land management, effects on fish. Includes posters and video clips.
- Sodic soils
Effects on soil structure, management.
- Soil erosion
Indicators, monitoring, prevention and management of many types of soil erosion.
- Testing and assessing soil
Testing soils and interpreting results.
Testing soil and water, irrigation, crops and pastures.
- Australian Inoculants Research Group
- Centre for Recycled Organics in Agriculture
- Soils, Recycled Organics and Environmental Health Research Unit