Can Australian Farms be Better Prepared for Droughts?

Strategies for drought preparedness have until recently focused mainly on water conservation, feed reserves and de-stocking. However, up until now no one has thought that the answer to droughts may lie in the soils. For the last seven years, Australian Soil Management (ASM) has been conducting research and working with farmers in Southern NSW to improve their soils. This has revealed some interesting and industry changing results. The single most important fact to emerge is that farms need more organic matter in at least the top 30 cm of soil. According to Dr Greg Bender, CEO of ASM, “there is plenty of room for a 2% increase”. This would store more than 150,000 litres of water per hectare b

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