Field day on fertiliser trials and vegetation management laws

Field day on fertiliser trials and vegetation management laws

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20-Oct-2014

A free field day next month at Kerry will look at a research trial on fertiliser and grazing management on a local farm, and also provide information on the new State Government vegetation management laws.
The field day, 9.30am – 2.30pm on Tuesday November 11th at Kerry Memorial Hall 15 kilometres south of Beaudesert will also visit the nearby Undery family farm.
The Undery’s are holding the event in partnership with SEQ Catchments, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Queensland University of Technology and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Owner Michael Undery will talk about the trials, conducted with researchers from the Queensland University of Technology led by Dr Martin Labadz and Dr David Rowlings, investigating methods to improve fertiliser and grazing management to save on farm costs and help the local environment.
“We want to grow more pasture from nitrogen inputs in a more sustainable and cost effective manner while reducing nitrogen losses to the environment,” Michael said.
“The trials are looking at a range of aspects of improved pasture management, for example the researchers measure gaseous losses of nitrogen from the soil as well as how much nitrogen is lost in leaching and runoff.”
“Another example has included trialling the foliar application of urea mixed with humates and applied with a homemade tractor mounted sprayer.”
“Foliar application of nitrogen can be up to thirty times more effective than dry prilled urea application,” Michael said.
“The results so far have been great, we’ve had improved crops and halved our nitrogen fertiliser costs, so we are keen to see what happens with the other parts of the research,” Michael said.
The day will also feature presentations from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines about the recent reforms of State Government vegetation management laws.
The information will include the new self-assessable vegetation clearing codes and a range of information services to help landholders manage vegetation, such as mapping and associated tools.
For further information and bookings please contact Col Hastie from SEQ Catchments on 0457 109 122 or chastie@seqcatchments.com.au

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