The implementation of a soil and pasture management program can positively impact the health of your pasture and livestock, providing long term sustainability and profitability for your property. When planting improved pasture, there is a significant expense for seed and fertiliser so it is important to address soil structure issues to ensure optimum germination and pasture establishment.
About Our Pasture Management Program
When developing a soil and pasture management plan for our clients, we take into account the history of the paddock, including previous pasture performance, fertiliser history, as well as soil structure issues. Soil structure has a direct impact on biological activity and nutrient availability. Understanding the relationships between mineral elements and how high levels of some elements can cause soil structure issues and nutrient tie up is pivotal to successful pasture management.
For decades, the primary focus for soil and crop nutrition has been on the use of NPK water soluble fertiliser, Lime and Gypsum. Over time, valuable minerals and trace elements have been depleted from the soil profile.
To restore broad spectrum minerals to your soil, we recommend a program that includes soil remineralisation with NatraMin. Other factors considered in our recommendations include soil aeration if necessary and practical; returning mulch; and planting a diversity of plants including perennials, grasses, legumes, forbes, shrubs, trees and herbs. Incorporating plants with different root depths assists to break up tillage pans and to bring up minerals from deeper down.
Repeat applications of NatraMin are vital to restore vital mineral elements to your soil. As soil fertility improves, the use of water-soluble fertiliser can often be reduced. Many graziers using NatraMin to replace the use of Lime, Gypsum and Superphosphate, have reported:
the return of earth worms
stronger legume growth
improved soil structure
improved pH and nutrient availability
less pasture stress during weather extremes
reduced requirements for water soluble fertiliser
livestock prefer to graze areas where NatraMin has been applied.
NatraMin Trial: Pasture Production and Dry Matter Utilisation
In trials at The University of Queensland Gatton Dairy Research Unit, the use of NatraMin Cal-S on irrigated rye grass improved pasture production and increased utilisation of pasture. Click below to read the trial results and see the difference where NatraMin was applied.
The beneficial impact of a well implemented grazing plan can’t be underestimated. Whether you are in an area where it is viable to use fertiliser or grazing livestock in marginal country, the use of grazing management can assist to restore soil fertility and improve pasture performance. Click below for key points to remember for your grazing plan.
How to get started on a program to improve your soil fertility and crop production:
Click below to organise a soil test or alternatively, AgSolutions can review an existing soil test at no cost. By fine-tuning your soil management program, we can often help you to save $$ without compromising on productivity!
Contact your local Field Advisor The AgSolutions’ team is on hand to provide technical and nutritional advice to our customers. Click here to find the AgSolutions Field Advisor servicing your region.
Submit a Request Complete and submit the request form. The AgSolutions’ Field Advisor for your area will be in touch.
AgSolutions provides a soil testing service, allowing you to work with our qualified Field Advisors to develop a tailored, sustainable program focused on rebalancing nutritional deficiencies, repairing soil structural issues and improving biological activity in your soil.
Have you recently conducted a soil test? Great! Our nutrition team can assess the results of a previous soil test free of charge!
You can’t make it rain, but we can now use and store more water in the soil. You can feel the difference under your feet when you walk from the NatraMin treated area to the untreated area. This was an investment in our soil, which not only improved our returns but also improves the value of our property. Where the NatraMin Cal-S was applied the soil is soft, moist and the plants have a much bigger root system and grow more vigorously.
– Leslie & Lorraine Cormack, Wallumbilla QLD
What I do appreciate is that our AgSolutions Field Advisor explains the soil tests to me and in addition to recommending NatraMin, they provide advice on any other products that are required. After 12 months, I understood the program that AgSolutions had put together which included specific advice on pasture and soil management. Last year we saved around $25,000 and yet we’ve had the same, if not better productivity in our pastures.”
– Kevin Sinclair, Macksville NSW
AgSolutions assessed our soil management program and we now have more direction with where we are going. Our soil test results are more balanced since using NatraMin in our program, providing confirmation of the results we are seeing in our paddocks.
We don’t have those huge deficiencies showing up and we are now simply fine tuning our program.
– Peter Weatherstone, Grafton NSW
Why is Soil Remineralisation Important?
After decades of farming, vital mineral elements and humus levels have been depleted from the soil, resulting in an ever-increasing dependence on water-soluble fertiliser. Although NPK fertilisers have delivered big yields, their use comes at a cost to soil health.
Most of the commonly used fertilisers in agriculture are highly soluble and salt-based, generally containing sulphates and nitrates that react with trace elements to form leachable salts. These valuable minerals are then easily leached from the soil profile.
Applying high levels of soluble salt fertiliser to the soil system can also cripple the beneficial living component of the microbe and worm activity in the soil. NatraMin is formulated to provide broad spectrum minerals as well as stimulating microbe and worm activity, helping to build fertility in your soil.