Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Practical solutions for soils

Underperforming soils cost Australian farmers billions of dollars in lost revenue and Graham Centre researchers are playing an important role in finding practical solutions.

CSU DVC RDI Professor Mary Kelly, Acting Graham Centre Director Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover, CEO of the Soil CRC Dr Michael Crawford and CSU Associate Professor Catherine Allan.The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils while being good soil stewards.

The CRC is bringing together soil and social scientists, industry and farmer groups to collaborate on innovative research into long term solutions.

Graham Centre Member, Charles Sturt University (CSU) Associate Professor Catherine Allan is leading Program One of the Soil CRC which is focused on providing social, economic and market expertise to enable all the programs of the Soil CRC to support farmers to increase productivity and maintain the long-term integrity and fertility of soils for future generations.

“The Soil CRC is Australia’s chance to respond to the complexity and uncertainty of farming by using collaborative, systemic research to determine best ways to reward farmers for better soil management,” Dr Allan said.

“The inclusion of farmer groups as partners provides great opportunity to develop meaningful and long lasting approaches to on farm data use and decision support. Focus on social and financial constraints and enablers means the new products developed within the Soil CRC will be well embedded within farming communities."

Some of the farmers and scientists involved in the CRC met at the Graham Centre in May to discuss the projects. Read more about the CRC here.

Contact: Associate Professor Catherine Allan E:CAllan@csu.edu.au

 

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