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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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Project name Navigating the wealth of soil health information and identification of opportunities
Funding bodies Hort Innovation
Chief Investigators Dr Robert Tegg

This project aims to support the productivity and sustainability of Australia’s potato industry through initiatives to improve soil health.

The project involves a critical review of relevant soil health literature and identification of critical knowledge gaps and direction for research priorities. It will deliver tangible benefits to potato industry levy payers around Australia through the development of information and extension materials that will be provided to stakeholders.

As part of the project, an Industry Forum was held in North-West Tasmania in November 2017. Videos from the forum are available to watch online.

TIA Associate Professor, Calum Wilson, presented about advancements in managing powder and common potato scab.

Dr Bob Larkin from the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service presented about soilborne potato disease.

Potato growers provide their insights on managing soil health

Managing potato soil health within a potato farming system can be challenging.  Thinking long term is the key. The following interviews with growers from around Australia provide an insight into what they are doing to manage the most valuable resource on their farm - their soil.

Potato Soil Health Fact Sheet

This soil health fact sheet provides some key messages and tips for managing soil health in a potato growing system.

Principles for improved soil health and management

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