Batchica, broad-acre farm, Wimmera

Stubble paddock

soil closeupDescription Loamy Clay – fine and dry 30cm topsoilsoil management notill

Location – claypan in broad-acre paddock on Wimmera plains

Values for this soil:
– Broad-acre food production as family farm business
– Teaching our child about the environment, by being in it.

soil useNo-till conservation farming managements for using this soil for broad-acre cropping:
– ClayGypsum spread before pulses sown to break down clay
– NitrogenPulses in five-year rotation to return nitrogen
– Nutrientsrotation of pulses, cereals, oilseeds and chemical fallow
– ErosionStubble retained for ground-cover protection of soil from evaporation and erosion
– Organic contentstubble breaks down as compost in soil.

For more
about the Wimmera’s clay plains landform where clay pans can be found, visit the VRO’s flat clay plains webpage
– on family farm’s where children learn first hand about soils, visit the Soil Selfies from Kilmore and Apollo Bay in Victoria, the Koute de Tyon in France and M’fango Island in Kenya
– about soil challenges and managements for grain growing in these Soil Selfies from  Jeparit,  Victoria, and Copeville South Australia

Credits: Tracy Dart, of Batchica, gives permission for her photos and information to be used under a (cc) license 2015; Editing and page created by Jeanie Clark, enviroed4all®, Warracknabeal, under a (cc) licence 2015

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