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Innovations In Soil Science

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Innovations in Soil Science | 8th-9th June, 2023

A free program for professionals and practitioners - book for single day or two day attendance.

On Thursday the 8th June, come along to Benalla to hear from a fantastic line up of speakers (as outlined below), which will feature: 

  • An update for agronomists and service advisors (soil sampling, soil test interpretation, economic implications of recommendations)
  • Where to next? Soil Practitioners training and accreditation

On Friday the 9th June, self-drive to visit a soil pit on a property in Creightons Creek for intensive interpretation of key features and other key indicators of paddock conditions. 

** When booking your ticket, please select if you will be attending the Thursday event, Friday event, or both **


Thursday 8th June - at the Benalla Lakeside Community Centre 

8.30am -  Registration

9.00am - Presentations Commence

9.15am - Bradley Costin (DEECA (Agriculture Victoria)) | The case for soil health

10.00am - Morning Tea

10.30am - Dr Jason Condon (Associate Professor in Soil Science, Charles Sturt University) | Soil acidity - why we need to change our management, identification of subsurface acidity & new management methods

11.30am - Dr Helen Hayden (Soil Microbial Ecologist, University of Melbourne) | Soil microbiology & soil-plant microbe interaction

12.30pm - Lunch 

1.30pm - Jim Shovelton (Director and Senior Consultant, Meridian Agriculture)| Making the best use of testing to grow soil carbon

2.15pm - Dr Gary Clark (Lecturer, Animal Plant & Soil Sciences, La Trobe University) | Understanding what's below 30cm - subsoil constraints & collecting data

3.00pm - Afternoon Tea

3.20pm - Panel - All presenters to join a panel for discussion from questions

4.00pm - Where to Next? A presentation from Soil Science Australia on future training for participants


Friday 9th June - Creightons Creek (address to be provided upon booking)

9.30am - Arrive on site & registration 
Practical session on soil pH, soil texture, soil stability and soil structure and general discussion 

10.30am - Soils in the landscape and soil profile descriptions

11.30am - Drive to Creightons Creek Hall for lunch

Midday - Lunch

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