Soil bare patches on farms can be caused by many different factors, in the Bywong/Sutton area this demonstration showed that low soil pH, high aluminium % and low fertility are associated with a loss of ground cover. Adding compost and lime improved the soil in the top 5 cm and was beneficial for pasture establishment, facilitating the repair of the bare patches. This project compared different treatments for repairing bare patches of soil on three farms.
Read the major findings from the demonstration here.
The demonstration was complimented by a series of topics related to ground cover management and small farm productivity. The workshop summaries and webinar recordings can be found on the resources page.
The Small Farms Network Capital Region received funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.