Soil Moisture Probes as a management tool for broadacre cropping enterprises

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Are you interested in being involved in a 'Cutting Edge' Agronomic Project and Discussion Group? SANTFA and Rural Directions Pty Ltd, are kicking off a project focussing on Soil Moisture Probes as a management tool for broadacre cropping enterprises, which will run from July 2009 through to May 2010. The project is about using soil moisture monitoring as a guide for making informed decisions in relation to crop nutrient inputs, crop yield potential and associated grain marketing decisions as well as optimising crop water use efficiency and yields. The group will meet 4 times during the next 12 months to develop participants? skills in interpreting the data generated from soil moisture probes, and making management decisions (nitrogen fertiliser, potential yield prediction, grain marketing, cutting crops down for hay versus harvesting for grain) based on the results. The group will also act as a discussion forum for like-minded, progressive croppers to share ideas and discuss agronomic issues. Group members will be able to log into a website at any time to view ?real time? data generated from the installed probes to help guide management decisions. The cost of being a member of the group will be $200 GST inc. per business. This cost will go towards the cost of installation of probes in local paddocks and data transfer to the website. The cost of workshop facilitation and agronomic input is being supported by the Farm Ready Program.

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