Free soil and water testing on offer

North Coast Local Land Services is offering free soil and water testing for flood affected landholders.

The Sustainable Agriculture team’s Carly Green said that after a flood, the quality of on-farm water changes and poor water quality can compromise livestock health, soil health and affect plant productivity.

“If you suspect your water sources have been exposed to flood water, testing will help you understand risks and limitations to production,” Ms Green said.

“Equipment such as irrigation systems can become congested with suspended solids, soil particles, and mineral deposits.”

NCLLS is also offering soil testing kits. Flooding and high rainfall can alter soil fertility and plant available nutrients through erosion, runoff, waterlogging, leaching and sediment deposition.

 “Testing your soil will provide a snapshot of the current state of soil fertility, including any soil constraints that may need to be managed,” Ms Green said.

Feed testing is also available if required.

Contact the team on 1300 795 299 or call Carly Green on 0456 561 862.

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