Soil testing to support better fertiliser decisions
The program aims to support farmers to make informed fertiliser decisions to ensure nutrients stay on the farm and out of waterways and estuaries.
Expressions of interest are open until 11:59pm Sunday 19 June 2022.
What's in it for me?
The soil testing program provides incentives for soil testing and agronomic advice. By participating in this program, you will develop the knowledge and confidence to tailor your fertiliser practices to match your desired level of productivity and soil test results.
Soil testing has given more than 1300 growers control of their fertiliser decisions:
- cutting fertiliser costs
- keeping production high
- preventing nutrient losses
- correcting soil pH
- Soil sampling and chemical analysis of all eligible paddocks on your farm.
- Colour coded maps showing nutrient status and soil acidity for all eligible paddocks.
- Your results at a farmer workshop, assistance interpreting the results, and advice regarding soil and plant nutrition.
- One-on-one advice and a personalised fertiliser plan from a Fertcare® accredited agronomist of your choice from the Healthy Estuaries WA panel.
- Plant tissue testing in spring 2022.
- An opportunity to join over 1300 farmers working to improve water quality in our local waterways and estuaries.
- Soil testing and additional advice and support valued at over $4000.
Can I apply?
The program is open to beef, dairy and sheep grazing enterprises that are located in one of the following catchments:
- Vasse-Wonnerup and Geographe
- Hardy Inlet
- Wilson Inlet
- Torbay Inlet
- Oyster Harbour (located where the average annual rainfall exceeds 600mm)
To confirm you are in an eligible area please consult the eligibility map.
How much will it cost?
The program includes financial incentives and enrolled farmers will receive soil and plant tissue testing valued at over $4000.
New to soil testing?
If you have not previously been involved in a whole farm soil testing program, this program includes a farmer contribution of just $300 to participate.
Previously involved in soil testing?
If you have previously been involved in a similar whole farm soil testing program, you are still eligible to register your interest. Previous participants will need to contribute $25 per paddock, with a minimum cost of $300 to participate.
Did you know?
Testing of over 200 000 hectares of farm land since 2009 shows that:
- Over 75% of paddocks have phosphorus levels higher than needed for desired pasture growth.
- Over 80% of paddocks have acid surface soils (i.e. pH <5.5 in calcium chloride in the top 10cm of soil).
- Over 25% of paddocks could have production improvements with targeted application of other elements, and phosphorus is already in excess.