SoilsWest

The SoilsWest (agriculture) alliance is an independent entity focused on providing a pathway for the discovery and development of soil research to improve both profitability and soil resource management across the Western Australian grains industry.

A foundational partnership between the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), SoilsWest is currently made up of a group of highly skilled, independent soil science professionals with complementary scientific and research capabilities, research and industry networks, and infrastructure and technology.

The partnership works to develop and deliver strategic research projects supporting the WA grains industry in particular, but also contributes nationally to the Australian grains industry through innovative soil research. SoilsWest invites wider input and partnerships from other local, state and Commonwealth government institutions, industry and grower groups, agribusiness, Universities as well as specific interest groups.

The SoilsWest alliance provides a ‘marketplace’ and network of discipline focused connections to improve integration between the soil science communities, optimise existing collaborations, provide prospective funding opportunities, provide training and education opportunities, and provide parallel soils information and technologies to ensure the continued development of economic farming systems and food chain security.

OFT information summary

Years: 1998 to 2014
7 published trials
6 trial sites
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5 results have a trial report available
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Aims:

To identify on-farm management strategies to increase soil organic carbon (SOC) and quantify any associated risks and benefits in a grain production system.

In this trial the Facey Group wanted to determine whether:

  • Altering inputs to increase plant biomass would subsequently increase soil carbon and
  • Amending s… read more
  • Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate
    Tincurrin, WA Deep sandy duplex
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    To assess the effects of physical, chemical and biological soil manipulation (or inputs) on soil organic carbon in relation to changes in long term crop yields and quality.

    Crop type: Barley 1 trial Fertiliser Application Soil Preparation Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Application
    Buntine, WA Deep sand
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    To determine the soil depth that microbes responsible for nitrification (conversion of ammonium to nitrate) are located. 

    Crop type: No crop specified 1 trial Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Application
    Buntine, WA Deep sand
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    Aims:

    • To increase understanding of the interaction between increasing soil organic carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. In particular to quantify the influence of soil organic carbon on nitrous oxide and methane emissions in a grains cropping system.
    • To determine whether increasing soil organic carbon lowers the amount of nitrogen … read more

    Crop type: Canola,Barley,Oats 3 trials Soil Soil amelioration Soil amelioration Rate
    Buntine, WA Deep sand
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    To discuss alternative options to increase organic matter; improve soil properties and provide additional non-chemical control options for weed management, whilst providing a break crop effect.

    University of Western Australia, WA
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    This research determines to assess the benefits (economic and environmental) of a green manure phase under current cropping systems in areas with a poor nutritional status. 

    To evaluate crop types and incorporation techniques to rejuvenate poor performing soils using a green manure phase, as well as to identify and evaluate the potent… read more

    Mullewa, WA Red clay loam
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    This paper assesses the economic benefits of green manuring and the potential costs. It also investigates the circumstances in which green manuring will be profitable and those that result in losses to growers.

    Agriculture WA, WA
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