The newest phase of the levy-funded Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) projects will feature heavily at Hort Connections 2018, giving growers the chance to connect directly with leading researchers and extension officers to learn more about practical ways to improve their soil health.

Following on from the success of the first phase of the projects, the new joint project will equip growers with the tools to cope with increasing economic, consumer, environmental and technological demands on their business.

Any grower interested in learning more about soil health should make time to attend the update being provided on Tuesday 19 June, which will be delivered by Dr Gordon Rogers (Applied Horticultural Research) and Dr Anne-Maree Boland (RMCG). This will be held as part of the AUSVEG stream in Meeting Room M3, from 2:40pm-3:00pm.

Growers can also have a first-hand look at a demonstration site being coordinated by the projects as part of the Horticulture Field Day during its visit to Koala Farms in Gatton, where a trial site will be focusing on broad soil health principles and improving productivity and marketable yield.

Finally, over the course of the Trade Show, delegates can drop in at the project’s booth (located at the intersection of AHR and RMCG’s booths) to meet the project team. There’ll also be opportunities for booth visitors to meet world-leading researchers working on similar soil management and plant health projects, so keep an eye out for further details on that as we get closer to the event!

For more information on Phase 2 of Soil Wealth and ICP, visit the project website.

This post appeared in the AUSVEG Weekly Update published 8 May 2018. Subscribe to the Update using our online form to receive the latest industry news in your inbox every week!