SOILpak - southern dryland farmers
Date: 01 Jan 2001 Author: NSW Agriculture
The SOILpak series aims to provide a range of best soil management practices to optimise crop and pasture yields.
SOILpak is intended for:
- managers who want to learn more about how to manage their soil
- consultants and extension officers who wish to become more skilled in advising their clients on soil management.
The table of contents appears below.
|Cover, contents, preface, disclaimer
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Part A Introduction
A1 About this manual
A2 Ideal soil
Part B Quick help
B1 Trouble-shooting guide
B2 Is my soil acid? Does it need lime?
B3 Is my soil saline?
B4 Does my soil need gypsum?
B5 Poor seedling emergence
B6 Does my soil form a surface crust?
B7 Do I have gilgais?
B8 Do I need to deep rip?
B9 Is my soil suitable for direct drilling?
B10 How do I control erosion?
B11 Do I have enough organic matter?
B12 Does my soil need fertiliser?
B13 Weed control
B14 Choosing the next crop
B15 How wet can I cultivate?
B16 Improving waterlogged soils
Part C Soil types
C1 Examining the soil profile (includes 8-page colour field guide)
C2 Alternatives to a spade
C3 Soil types and landscapes
C4 Examining plant roots
C5 Chemical soil tests
Part D Practical soil management
D4 Maintaining and improving soil structure
D6 Conservation farming
D7 Using biological activity to improve soil
D8 Improving soil chemical fertility
D9 Grazing and pasture management
D10 Soil-borne diseases
D11 Managing gilgais
D12 Managing soil for efficient water use
Part E Background information
E1 Soil structure
E2 Soil-structure rating system
2 Further reading
3 Useful terms
4 Soil description sheets