Farmers across south-west WA are soil test ready

We have had a record turnout at the DIY (do-it-yourself) soil sampling workshops held in eight catchments across south-west Western Australia (WA) this November. A total of nine training sessions brought together 190 landholders to learn how to gather soil samples from their own paddocks. This year, for the first … Read More

Getting to the root of soil health and improving production

Recent workshops held with agroecologist Mark Tupman and farmers around south-west Western Australia dug a little deeper into soil fertility. These sessions, supported by our Soil Wise program, examined the fundamentals of soil health and plant nutrition. There has been a demand for practical strategies for farmers that can lower … Read More

New study highlights benefits of soil testing

A Western Australian study of nearly 700 soil samples has provided new insight into whether agronomic soil testing can be used to assess the likelihood of phosphorus being ‘lost’ into the environment.

Fencing and revegetation case study: Zoe’s winter creek

The sounds of frogs and black cockatoos greeted us when we visited Zoe Johnson’s ‘winter creek’ on her farm in the Leschenault Estuary catchment. Zoe has been working on her fencing and revegetation project for the past three years, with practical support from the Leschenault Catchment Council and the Danju … Read More

Celebrating World Seagrass Day

In celebration of the first United Nations-recognised World Seagrass Day, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s seagrass team ran a field exercise with a group of year 12 students on the banks of the Leschenault Estuary. The students from Manea Senior College were excited to learn how to identify … Read More

Small but mighty aquatic species in focus at conference

Hidden underwater plants including microalgae, seaweed and seagrass are the foundation of aquatic ecosystems like estuaries. The passionate community of scientists who study these small but mighty species recently came together at an international conference in Perth.