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14 April 2014 NATURAL SEQUENCE FARMING FIELD DAY
(Bylong, NSW)

Natural Sequence Farming hosted this Field Day in conjunction with Tarwyn Park Training. Peter Andrews’ former property Tarwyn Park has been the laboratory of investigation into the unique water and fertility efficiencies found to exist in the Australian landscape. After taking over the severely degraded and eroded salinised farmland, Peter and Stuart Andrews have turned it into one of the world’s leading sustainable model. Tarwyn Park is an aggrading system using only water and a bio-diverse collection of plants.

  • PROGRAM: The day demonstrated the innovative solutions on display at Tarwyn Park to increase productivity and how to overcome many of today’s farming issues including:
    - Declining fertility (low soil Carbon)
    - Dryland salinity
    - Stream, gully and wind erosion
    - Watershed dislocation
    - Lack of biodiversity
    - Lack of farm water availability especially in times of drought

Read a summary and view photos from the day in our blog post Peter Andrews' management of vegetation and soil hydrology...





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2 April 2014 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (Lismore, VIC)
Using raised beds and beneficial fungi to restore soil health

Hosted by Brian and Sandra Wilson of Briandra, this Field Day showed how raising crop beds, managing cereal stubbles with cellulose-digesting fungi and spreading biological soil conditioners has resulted in improved drainage, improved soil health and fertility, converted hard setting grey clay into red/brown loam and increased sheep weight gain.

  • PROGRAM: Presentations included:
    Brian Wilson - property owner
    Walter Jehne - the Soils for Life soil microbiologist discussed trends in soil health and farm viability, research outcomes on soil health and enterprise profit and examples of innovation in soil management. Walter shared his extensive experience in CSIRO and industry in Australia and overseas on the microbial ecology of soil regeneration and the availability and cycling of nutrients, and how these govern the health, productivity and resilience of biosystems.

Read a short summary of the day and the Briandra case study, Using raised beds and beneficial fungi to restore soil health, to learn more about the diverse practices and results Brian and Sandra are achieving on their property.

This event was sponsored by:

Sponsors - LawrieCo, Landmark, Millicent Farm Supplies, MG Trading, Elders, AIRR



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1 April 2014 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (Mt Gambier, SA)
Turning sand into fertile soil for healthy, productive stock

Hosted by David Clayfield of Clover Estate, this Field Day demonstrated how biological soil conditioners, foliar fertilisers and reduced chemical inputs have resulted in increased stock production, reduced irrigation requirements, sands turned into dark, healthy soils and substantial increases in soil organic carbon levels.

  • PROGRAM: Presentations included:
    David Clayfield - property owner
    Walter Jehne - the Soils for Life soil microbiologist discussed trends in soil health and farm viability, research outcomes on soil health and enterprise profit and examples of innovation in soil management
    Megan Beck - Agronomist at Elders Mt Gambier, presented on pasture management to promote mineral density
    Megan Boote - Penola based Field Consultant from LawrieCo

Read a short summary of the day, the Stock Journal article on Walter Jehne's presentation, Spotlight on Soil Heath and the Clover Estate case study, Turning sand into fertile soil using applied soil science, to learn more about the incredible results David has achieved on his property.

This event was sponsored by:

Sponsors - LawrieCo, Landmark, Millicent Farm Supplies, MG Trading, Elders, AIRR



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14-16 Mar 2014 SOILS FOR LIFE NATIONAL FORUM
Learning from leading innovators in agriculture
(Wodonga, VIC)

Members of the Soils for Life community came together in March 2014 for a National Forum to share knowledge and experiences. Together they provided advice to the Soils for Life Program on how it can continue to foster and facilitate the wider adoption of regenerative landscape management for positive change in both the rural landscape and production - for the benefit of all Australians. The Forum was hosted by Soils for Life Chairman and National Advocate for Soil Health, Major General Michael Jeffery, and Soils for Life Board members.




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20 Feb 2014 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (Bombala, NSW)
Managing rainfall - when a good dam is a dry one

This day was hosted by Charlie and Anne Maslin on their inspirational property Gunningrah, just north of Bombala. Planned grazing and an intelligent understanding of how rainfall interacts with the landscape have delivered wonderful environmental and production benefits on this property. The day focused on grazing management, soil hydrology and stream management.

  • PROGRAM:Presenters included:
    - MAJGEN Michael Jeffery - keynote address
    - Charlie Maslin - the Gunningrah story
    - Charlie Massy - key findings from his research on adapting farming practices to change
    - Stuart Burge - managing for better water infiltration and improving soil organic matter
    - Cam Wilson - stream management, drawing from Natural Sequence Farming techniques
    and the day included informative paddock site visits

This event was supported by the Snowy River Interstate Landcare Committee.

Read a summary of the day, view images in our photo gallery and read the Gunningrah case study Shifting mindset from animals to the land for further information on this wonderful property.

Download:
- Charlie Maslin's presentation
- Charlie Massy's presentation
- Cam Wilson's presentation




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13 Nov 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE WORKSHOP (Braidwood, NSW)
Knowing more about your land - establishing a knowledge baseline for landscape improvement

Building on the success of our Field Days, this workshop was designed to help understand the landscape and show the importance of observations and records for tracking the effects of land management practices. Guest presenter Richard Thackway introduced the VAST-2 decision support system as a tool to support this. This workshop was hosted by Soils for Life and case study participant Martin Royds of Jillamatong near Braidwood, NSW.

  • PROGRAM: The day looked at:
    - the benefits of tracking the effects of land management on landscape condition
    - the VAST-2 system
    - compiling historical records
    - understanding indicators of vegetation condition and interactions with rainfall variability
    - holding water in the soil and interaction of pasture and soil moisture
    - the importance of observations and records
    - scoring key indicators of vegetation condition

Read the summary of the day and the Jillamatong case study, "Don't measure success by the size of your herd", to learn more about the techniques being applied and diverse results being achieved on the host property.



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10 Sep 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (WILLOW TREE, NSW)
- MANAGING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: GRAZING MANAGEMENT & PRODUCTIVE GREENER PASTURES THROUGH RESTORING LANDSCAPE HYDROLOGY

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participant Craig Carter of Tallawang near Willow Tree, NSW. This field day focused on how managing grazing and landscape hydrology can build landscape resilience and productivity.

  • PROGRAM: The day included presentations by:
    - David Marsh, Soils for Life Board Member and celebrated Boorowa farmer
    - Craig Carter, Tallawang owner - property presentation
    - Martin Babakhan, Meteorologist (see LinkedIn profile) - 'Planning for Climate Variability'
    - Cam Wilson, Water Management Consultant (Earth Integral) - 'Water Retention Strategies'

This event was supported by the Namoi Catchment Management Authority.

Read the event report, the Tallawang case study, "Productive greener pastures through restoring landscape hydrology" and Craig's guest blog post Inherent resilience in biodiverse perennial pastures to learn more about the techniques being applied and diverse results being achieved on this property.

Download:
- Craig Carter's presentation




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07 Aug 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (GULGONG, NSW)
PASTURE CROPPING AND GRAZING MANAGEMENT

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participant Colin Seis of Winona near Gulgong, NSW. This field day looked at Colin's experiences with, and outstanding results from, pasture cropping and grazing management.

  • PROGRAM: The day included presentations by:
    - David Marsh, Boorowa farmer and Soils for Life Board Member
    - Colin Seis, Winona owner - property presentation
    - Graeme Hand, CEO Stipa Native Grasses - 'Planned Grazing to increase landscape function for pasture cropping'
    - Walter Jehne, Healthy Soils Australia - 'Soil and the microbial ecology underpinning the performance of pasture cropping'

Read the review of the day, the Winona case study, "Pasture cropping the way to health", watch Colin's presentation from our Soil Health Webinar and read this detailed article published earlier this year Pasture cropping: A regenerative solution from Down Under to learn more about this amazing technique and its multitude of benefits it can provide.

Download:
- Graeme Hand's presentation
- Guide to Planned Grazing (Courtesy of NRM South)
- Walter Jehne's speaking notes



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24 Jul 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (YOUNG, NSW)
- GROWING SOIL - GROWING LIFE

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participants Bill and Rhonda Daly of Milgadara near Young, NSW. This field day focused on how you can build living soils and the benefits they can bring.

  • The day included presentations by:
    - Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, Advocate for Soil Health and Soils for Life Chairman
    - Bill Daly, Milgadara owner - property presentation
    - Rhonda Daly, Milgadara owner - 'The Science of Living Soils' and 'Compost 101'
    - Facilitated paddock tour featuring Hugh Lovel including a demonstration on pasture establishment, composting, tea extraction and canola and cereal cropping.

Read the event wrap up and the case study, "Putting life back into the soil - humus compost" to learn more about this fantastic property.

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03 Jul 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (QLD)
- MANAGING RAINFALL FOR PRODUCTION OUTCOMES

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participants Shane and Shan Joyce of Dukes Plain near Theodore, QLD. This field day demonstrated the Joyce's experiences and production outcomes with a focus on holding water in soil and the interaction of grass, trees and soil water.

  • The day included presentations by:
    - Alasdair McLeod, Soils for Life Board Member
    - Shane Joyce, Dukes Plain owner - property presentation
    - Terry McCosker, Director, RCS - 'Grazing management leading to better water outcomes'
    - David McLean, General Manager & Teacher, RCS - 'Why blade ploughing lost money on Dukes Plain'
    - Joanna Gangemi, Fitzory Basin Association (FBA) - FBA grazing best management practice program
    - and a short talk by Ben O'Hara on the work of the Queensland Trust for Nature

Read the review of the day and view the photos on our Facebook page...

Read the case study, "Delivering continuous improvement of the farming resource" and Shane's Q&A from the recent Soil Health Webinar.




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29 Jun 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (NSW)
- COMPETITIVE EXCLUSION TO MANAGE WEEDS: IDEAS FOR SMALL AND LARGE HOLDINGS

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participant Martin Royds of Jillamatong near Braidwood, NSW. This field day demonstrated the regenerative techniques Martin has used to manage weeds, and his experiences and positive production outcomes from implementing complementary practices founded on Holistic Management thinking.

  • The day included presentations by:
    - Professor John Crawford, Soils for Life Board Member and holder of the Judith and David Coffey Chair in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Sydney.
    - Martin Royds, Jillamatong owner - property presentation
    Paddock tours discussing landscape function and weed control, facilitated by Martin and founder of Natural Sequence Farming, Peter Andrews.

This Field Day was organised and supported by Soils for Life and Upper Shoalhaven Landcare. Read the event wrap up and the case study, "Don't measure success by the size of your herd".



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31 May 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (NSW)
- MANAGING SALINE LAND

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participants John and Robyn Ive of Talaheni not far from Canberra, ACT. This field day demonstrated the amazing achievements on the Ive's once saline-affected property supported by over 30 years of detailed monitoring and measurement. The day included a paddock tour to observe salinity monitoring, vegetation cover and pasture development.

Read the wrap up and view the photos on our Facebook page...

Download the Field Day presentation:




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10 Apr 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (NSW)
- HOLISTICALLY MANAGING FOR NATURE & RURAL PRODUCTION

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participant Tim Wright of Lana near Uralla, NSW. This field day demonstrated Tim Wright’s transition to Holistic Management practices on Lana and the positive environmental and production outcomes he has achieved. This event was organised and supported by Soils for Life and Southern New England Landcare (SNELCC)

Read the wrap up and view the photos on our Facebook page...

Download the Field Day presentations:





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13 Mar 2013 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (SA) - TURNING SAND INTO SOIL USING BIOLOGICAL SOIL SCIENCE

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participant David Clayfield of Clover Estate near Mt Gambier, SA. This field day showcased how biological methods can build soil structure and fertility, reduce irrigation water needs and how they improved productivity of dairy heifers on Clover Estate. Read the wrap up...

Visit the South East SA breakfast radio site to listen to the interview with Soils for Life Chairman and Advocate for Soil Health Michael Jeffery on the day.

Download the Field Day presentations:




21 Nov 2012 SOILS FOR LIFE FIELD DAY (NSW)
- USING SOIL FERTILITY TO MANAGE WEEDS

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participants Greg and Sally Chappell of Shannon Vale Station near Glen Innes, NSW. This field day showcased Greg and Sally's change from conventional to innovative practices, with a focus on soil health. Read the wrap up...

Download the Agronomist's presentation:

Bart Davidson Shannon Vale presentation Bart Davidson Shannon Vale presentation (5995 KB)

- for further information, visit www.systemag.com.au




10-12 Oct 2012 FARMING for the FUTURE of the PLANET SEMINAR and FIELD DAY

Hosted by Soils for Life case study participants Bill and Rhonda Daly of Milgadara. Read the wrap up...



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