Soil Systems Farm

Project Highlights

A New Vision for Vegetable Production

- natural biological farming practices sets new records for Australia

Yields for tomatoes, chillies and capsicums in Far North Queensland, Australia have increased by 260-330% following the adoption of 3000 year old organic farming practices. Soil Systems Australia has been at the forefront of designing farming systems since 1999 that work with nature rather than attempt to control it.
Yields for chillies have exceeded the normal 1kg/plant coming in at over 3kg per plant. Following the adoption of “Composting for Soil Type Technology”, nutrients have become more bio-available. By utilising local waste materials and applying the right nutrients, crop stress has been significantly reduced. This helps the plant reach its genetic potential and minimise expensive flower abortions.

Chillis

Kurdistan develops local composting facility

Soil Systems Australia has been involved in setting up and developing a regional composting facility outside Erbil, Kurdistan. By utilising local valuable waste materials, our client produces the only compost in this challenging region of Northern Iraq. The benefits to poor soils in the local community are significant.

Erbil, Iraq

Sustainable Waste Water Use – Rendering Plants

Soil Systems Australia has been at the forefront of sustainable water use at rendering plants since 2006. By developing Irrigation Management Plans for the use of wastewater, we have been able to minimise nutrient and hydraulic loading across client’s properties – thus avoiding regulatory intervention.

Romanian Organic Production Project

Since 2009, Soil Systems Australia has been involved in designing one of Europe’s largest irrigated organic farming operations. The management project involves the selection of enterprises, crop rotations, equipment, soil management and financials. The implementation of the project is due to begin in late 2013.

Soils in Action Workshop – Series 2

In 2012, Sub Tropical Dairy funded the first series of Soil Health workshops were held to assist dairy producers in South East Queensland, Australia. These workshops concentrated on key issues like soil structure, healthy root development, feed palatability, developing you own soil programme, herd health, local resources, soil biology and its management and quality feed production.

In 2013, the second series will concentrate on improving pasture production and herd health through the use of established soil health principles and innovative developments. These agronomic principles are aimed at dramatically reducing the cost of dairy production.

 

Biological Sugarcane yields exceeding 200 tonnes per hectare with 50% less fertiliser

Biological sugar production incorporates the best aspects of conventional and organic farming. By combining directed nutrition with soil humus building practices, root systems can expand by up to 600% leading to less plant stress. The end result is even sugar cane production, high sugar content and high yields. The photo below shows a first year crop that yielded 201 tonnes/ha and used 50% less fertiliser. This was despite the soil carbon levels being only 0.5%.

Mine Rehabilitation

Successful mine rehabilitation depends entirely on matching the right soil management practice with the soil types present at the mine site. Coupled with the correct crop, pasture and native seed mix, the rehabilitation soil management programme focusses on minimising runoff and erosion, increasing water infiltration and maximising root development through providing adequate nutrition with beneficial organic compounds. The improved soil health leads to diverse soil life, birds and wildlife. The economic benefits are considerable as steeper slopes can be rehabilitated with less post production movement of material.

rehab