The Soils Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for High Performance Soils) was formed in 2017 to bridge a gap between soil scientists and farmers, and to ensure that soil performance is increased, both in the short term and long term.
Riverine Plains Inc is an associate within the CRC and is part of many projects, ranging from social research to field trials, with our involvement helping to guide projects and ensure they have a real world application.
As part of Program 4 (Integrated and precision soil management solutions), Riverine Plains Inc has established a fully-replicated trial site at Burramine, in Victoria, to evaluate how green manures, different rotations, cover crops and companion crops can affect soil performance.
Additional funding from Goulburn Broken CMA is enabling at least 5 years of trialling to look at the influence of alternative cropping practices on soil properties (including soil carbon, nutrient and water availability, and microbiology). This site connects with similar sites through QLD, NSW, SA and WA.
Key results from the 2019 winter and 2020 summer crop trials have been published in Research for the Riverine Plains, 2020, and can be downloaded via the following link: Increasing plant species diversity in cropping systems