Following on from a successful series of soils workshops in July, peak industry body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom, is running a two-day Soils and Nutrition Masterclass for fruit, vegetable, nut and herb producers in the Burnett. 

Experienced agronomist and soil chemistry expert, David Hall will deliver the Masterclass and demonstrate practical, hands-on activities to assist producers in learning how to determine soil type, water holding capacity, pH and other factors. 

“Understanding your soil is crucial to get the best production out of your crops,” Mr Hall said.

The two-day masterclass will cover a range of soil topics for horticulture growers to improve soil health and plant production. Issues such as biology, water-plant-soil relationships, soil structure, sources of nutrition and the pros or cons of different fertiliser application types, soil carbon, soil borne diseases, and practical in-field tests will be canvassed thoroughly with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. Mr Hall recently presented at an Understanding Soils workshop at Wetheron, fielding loads of questions from participating growers.

Growcom Hort360 Facilitator and masterclass coordinator, Michelle Haase said there was overwhelming interest from growers who attended the first soils workshop.

“Those growers who attended the Understanding Soils workshop were very supportive of an intensive two-day masterclass event,” Ms Haase said.

“We’re excited to have the support of the Burnett Mary Regional Group and E.E. Muir & Sons to be able to run this event to deliver content which will be of significant use to growers.”

Also, at the workshop will be a demonstration in using Hort360 to assist producers in getting a bird’s eye view of their farm and practices to identify inefficiencies. Hort360 is the best management practice program designed for the horticulture industry, and an online tool which helps producers benchmark their farming and business practices. 

“It’s an important tool. We’ve recently launched the Hort360 Reef Certification program so that growers in Great Barrier Reef catchments can become accredited for gaining business efficiencies, and demonstrating sustainability and environmental stewardship,” Ms Haase said.

Registration for the two-day Masterclass is essential, as there will be special provisions in place to accommodate social distancing and hygiene requirements due to COVID-19.

To register for the Soil and Nutrition Masterclass on Thursday 22 – Friday 23 October at Mundubbera visit https://bit.ly/mundubbera or contact Hort360 Facilitator Michelle Haase by phone 0428 586 890 or email mhaase@growcom.com.au

The Soil and Nutrition Masterclass series is an initiative of Growcom’s Hort360 Great Barrier Reef project which is funded through the Queensland Government’s Reef Water Quality Program, and supported by the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s Enhanced Extension Coordination program.