Still time to sign up for soils tour

DPIRD senior research officer Chris Gazey talking to participants on the 2017 Soils Tour in the Lakes District. The deadline for registrations to join the 2018 DPIRD tour is drawing near.

There are still seats available to join a two-day tour of the grainbelt to discover more about the latest soil management research being undertaken in the field.

The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s ‘What lies beneath?’ tour will run from 17-18 July 2018, with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and SoilsWest.

Department soil research officer Glenn McDonald said tour participants would have the opportunity to talk directly to soil experts and landholders who were at the forefront of soil research in Western Australia.

“The tour has been designed so participants can view and discuss a range of soil management activities with soil scientists and landholders, sharing insights and experiences,” he said.

“Growers and consultants participating in the tour will learn more about the research outside their local area, enjoy networking and be inspired to diagnose constraints and implement new soil management strategies.”

Participants can join either one or both of the tours, which will depart from the Muresk Institute, near Northam, where accommodation is also available.

The July 17 2018 tour will showcase soil water repellence in the Avon and Midlands regions, including long term farm scale strategic tillage, clay incorporation, soil inversion, lime incorporation, root disease research and spatial mapping of soil water repellence.

July 18 2018’s program will focus on compaction and subsoil constraints in the Central Grainbelt, highlighting on-farm lime sources, nutrient by plough interactions, singularity and precision seeding, managing acidic yellow sands, deep ripping and nutrients, water harvest furrows and deep ripping on sodic clays.

The tour has been designed to be time efficient and take advantage of audio-visual equipment on the luxury coach to provide site information and generate discussion before arriving at each destination.

Department soils and pathology specialists will also join the tour, including Chris Gazey, Steve Davies, David Hall, Glen Riethmuller and Sarah Collins, who will dig deeper into soil management options.

The cost is $50 for each tour, with accommodation packages from $75 per night.

Registrations close 9 July 2018 and places are limited so get in early.

For more information contact department research officer Glenn McDonald on 9892 8524 or

Source: WA DPIRD

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