Natural Resources' workshops provide aid for farmers

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula are set to host several workshops and events for local farmers, with the first three occurring later this month. 

The first discusses the impact of seeps and soaks on local land, with researcher Chris McDonough helping farmers to understand how to manage the increasing number of seeps and soaks on the eastern Eyre Peninsula.

Surveys conducted after this seminar will also help Natural Resources EP to better understand the extent, spread and impact of seeps in the region. 

The seminar, open to the public, will be held at the Rudall sports clubrooms on February 20 from 9am to 1pm, for which RSVP’s are required and to be directed to Mary Crawford on 0407 187 878 or mary.crawford@sa.gov.au. 

Two half-day targeted workshops on February 26 and 27 in Cummins and Cleve respectively are aimed at helping land managers with soil acidification, with farmers only just beginning to map pH levels in the last 1-2 years. 

The ‘Restoring Soil pH’ program will assist farmers in the Cleve/Mangalo Hills that have red brown earth soils at risk of soil acidification, while Lower Eyre Peninsula farmers, predominantly having ironstone and sandy soils, can also benefit from the workshops on lime rates and pH mapping that teaches decision making techniques regarding low levels. 

Places are limited for these targeted workshops, but inquiries can be directed to Brett Masters on 0429 105 184 or brett.masters@sa.gov.au 

Expos, conferences and mental health events are also planned for the months of March and April. 

The South Australian No Till Farmer’s Association (SANTFA) conference on March 1 is being held in Tanunda, with a free bus for Eyre Peninsula farmers looking to attend the event available for registry at leighton@santfa.com.au.

The Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) are holding their Precision Ag Expo on March 5 in Cummins, and the Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association (LEADA) expo is being held on March 15 in Ungarra. 

For more information visit the Natural Resource EP website at naturalresources.sa.gov.au.