Growers explain tactics to save soil moisture

Soil sample from the full stubble retention plot with increased moisture and biological activity.

Soil sample from the full stubble retention plot with increased moisture and biological activity.

Growers in the Kwinana East Port Zone are using a wide range of practical tactics to conserve and use soil moisture in response to increasingly fluctuating rainfall and variable soil types. These growers feature in the new GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) booklet Managing Soil Moisture. The booklet was initiated by the Kwinana East Port Zone RCSN group, whose primary role is identifying the top locally specific grains issues to improve grower profitability.

RCSN western region facilitator Julianne Hill says that since its inception in 2011, the group’s members have consistently identified soil moisture management as one of the top two priorities in this region, along with business management.

“The GRDC has significant investments in soils, water use efficiency and soil moisture conservation, and the Kwinana East group was interested in identifying and extending information about practical methods that could be employed to address these issues under local conditions and on local soil types,” she says.

“The group initiated the production of the soil moisture case study booklet as a way of highlighting what growers in lower-rainfall areas are doing to utilise available soil moisture and boost crop productivity and profits.”

GRDC Research Code CIC00033-A

More information

Julianne Hill, RCSN western region facilitator
0447 261 607
regionalcroppingsolutions@gmail.com