Good soil condition and fertility are basic to sustainable agriculture. An ideal soil should be well drained, have a deep rooting zone, be easily penetrated by air, water, and roots, have a good water-holding capacity, have a balanced nutrient supply, and resist erosion.
Soil erosion, soil structural decline and organic matter decline under cropping have been recognised as the major soil management problems for the State.
In this topic
- Soil ErosionInformation on the extent, types, and control of soil erosion in Tasmania.
- Acid Sulfate SoilsAcid sulfate soils in Tasmania : publications and background information.
- IrrigationMore careful use of water is necessary to ensure optimum use of the available water supplies.
- Land DrainageDrains are constructed and are important for carrying excess water off agricultural land.
- Soil Organic MatterOrganic matter is widely regarded as a vital component of a healthy soil. It is an important part of soil's physical, chemical and biological fertility.
- Soil pH & LimingSoil pH affects the solubility of minerals or nutrients essential for plant growth.
- Soil PublicationsRecommended guides a number of Tasmanian soil management issues for crop and pasture production, and tomaintain soil in good condition.
- Soil SamplingThe correct procedure for collecting soil samples to ensure consistent & reliable results.
- Soil StructureInformation on cropping soils, deep ripping, drainage and Kraznozem (Ferrosol) topsoil structure.
- Understanding and Managing Soil Biology on Tasmanian FarmsSoils Alive! provides guidance with regard to management practices that support healthy soil ecosystem function.