VLPA Update (Issue 63)

By on June 26, 2012

PETER MCCLUSKEY provides an update on the Victorian Limestone Producers Association.

‘NEED FOR MANAGING ACIDIFICATION’

In the last edition of Sand & Stone I referred to the National Land and Water Audit of 2001 which stated that: “Regular testing of soil pH and applications of lime and/or dolomite can be used to manage acidification risk”.

More recently the Commonwealth’s Division of Land and Coast has produced a series of reports on land management practice trends in horticulture, broad acre cropping, grazing and dairying.

What emerged from this process was that it is estimated that about 50% of agricultural land is below the pH level needed to prevent sub-soil acidification. Hence assistance is being granted to Catchment Management Authorities, Landcare Networks etc. to promote healthy agricultural soils.

A group of Gippsland farmers at the Flynn Public Hall being addressed by Gerhard Grasser one of the soil health consultants at the recent Soil Acidity & Lime day organised through the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network

Application of lime is a critical component of this program and VLPA has continued its involvement.

Recently VLPA was part of the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network and West Gippsland Catchment Authority’s “Soil Acidity and Lime” field day. The day included a number of presentations, firstly at Flynn Public Hall near the LoyYang power stations followed by a field trip to inspect the positive effect on pastures of a nearby property.

The event was well attended by local farmers and agribusiness professionals.

Further information is available from Peter McCluskey by phoning 0408 496 588.

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