Acid Soils Testing Blitz

GWLAP has partnered with Natural Resources, SA Murray Darling Basin to deliver a project to support Landholders in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges to test the pH of their soils and address soil acidity issues.

Acid soils affect pasture and livestock health and increase the occurrence of weeds and bare soil.

Over 40,000 Ha of land in the Mount Lofty Ranges is affected by soil acidity making it a serious land management issue in the region and is often the underlying cause of decreased productivity. The good news is that it is easy to diagnose and simple to treat.

Eligible landholders with 10 acres (4 Ha) or more in the targetted area can receive a free soil pH test kit to test their soil. Field soil pH test kits can be used as a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to measure soil acidity while in the paddock.

Acid soils can be easily improved to reduce current symptoms and prevent further issues. The power is knowing the pH of the soil to guide decision making.

How to become involved:

  1. Register your interest by contacting Jacqui Wilson on 8536 5600 or email [email protected].
  2. After registering you will receive your free soil pH test kit and instructions in the mail.
  3. Test as least three different locations on your property between 20 April and 4 May 2020.
  4. Complete the datasheet provided with your test results or upload to the mobile-friendly submission form.

All participants will go into the draw to win a free consultation with a highly experienced land management consultant.

In 2019 over one hundred landholders in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges measured the levels of soil acidity in their soils. The results showed that, as expected, many properties had acid soil issues.

This project is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the NRM Levies.