Welcome to the April edition of the Bulletin where you can find the latest on upcoming events, demonstration site news and resources on soil management and plant health in the Australian vegetable industry. 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

TAPG Precision Agriculture Expo and Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 launch, TAS


This unique one-day event organised by the Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group (TAPG) showcases the latest in precision agriculture, with presentations, trade displays and demonstrations, including the Robot for Intelligent Perception and Precision Application (RIPPA).


The trade display will also include the launch of the new Soil Wealth and ICP Phase 2 project in Tasmania. 


This year there is a focus on training and education at the new venue, Hagley Farm School. 


Date: Thursday 19 April 2018

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Hagley Farm School, 2508 Meander Valley Road, Hagley, TAS 7292

RSVP: Terry BrientE: terry.brient@gmail.com


Further information can be found here

Leafy Variety Trial and Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 launch, WA


Want to know more about managing problem soilborne diseases in your vegetable crops? Join Dr Doris Blaesing from RMCG and Dr Len Tesoriero from NSW DPI for this practical session with plenty of in-field demonstrations, tips and tools. 


This session will be run in conjunction with the Leafy Variety Trial organised by vegetablesWA, with participating seed companies including Bayer, South Pacific Seeds, Seminis and Rijk Zwaan.  


Date: Thursday 3 May 2018 

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm 

Location: Loose Leaf Lettuce Company, 198 Ashby Road, Gingin, WA 6503 

Focus: Damping off diseases and their control 

RSVP: Christina Ford, T: (08) 9486 7515, E: christina.ford@vegetableswa.com.au


Further information can be found here

DEMONSTRATION SITE NEWS

Three Vital Practice Changes at Rob Hinrichsen’s Kalfresh, QLD: A Case Study


Six years ago, Rob Hinrichsen and his team at Kalfresh decided to focus on four key practices – controlled tra c, cover crops, soil biology and compost – to improve the soil health across their farms. The main drivers were to improve crop yield and quality, as well as the sustainability of the business.


Rob’s emphasis on softer tillage, boosting organic matter with compost and cover crops has helped the soil recover and support a healthy population of beneficial soil organisms. Rob supplements the naturally occurring biology by using specific beneficial organisms to improve the robustness of his farming system.

This case study provides insights into some of the main changes involving controlled traffic, cover crops and compost at the Kalfresh demonstration site in Queensland. 


You can find out more about this demonstration site here

NEW RESOURCES

Mega Pests: Managing Soilborne Diseases


Want to regain control over chemical-resistant pests? Aiming to reduce costs while meeting quality assurance requirements? 

This fact sheet covers the management of soilborne diseases, including information on: 
  • Why control is difficult 
  • Steps for managing clubroot, pythium, fusarium, rhizoctonia and sclerotinia 
  • Potential new 'tools' for protecting plants from sclerotinia spp.

Biosecurity lessons in planning and response for the vegetable industry (webinar recording)


Plant biosecurity is a series of measures that aid in protecting production areas from harmful insects, weeds, and various plant diseases.

Watch this informative and interactive one-hour webinar to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts in Australia, including Jess Lye, Manager Science and Extension, AUSVEG and Greg Owens, CEO, NT Farmers. 

The presentation slides are also available here

What we're watching: Reduced tillage webinar recordings from Cornell Small Farms Program, US


Join the Cornell SFP as they team up with Michigan State University and the University of Maine to offer three webinars and share the latest research on reduced tillage for organic vegetable production. Learn about practices that fit your operation, from permanent beds, tarps, and mulches, to cover cropping, strip tillage, and cultivation tools.

Access the recordings here

To find out more about the Soil Wealth or ICP projects visit the website, or join the Soil Wealth and ICP Community of Practice online. You can also follow us on Twitter @ProtectingCrops or @SoilWealth for the latest news and updates.

 
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