|Distribution of Victorian Dairy Soils|
There is a great diversity of soil types across Victoria’s dairying regions that reflect differences in parent material, topography, climate, biological activity and age (e.g. degree of weathering). These different soil types have a range of physical and chemical characteristics (e.g. structure, drainage, depth, pH, sodicity) that impact on management. The map of Victorian Dairy Soils presented here is a statewide overview that displays the dominant Soil Orders in each of the major dairying regions, using the Australian Soil Classification (Isbell, 2002).
This section provides access to online animations related to Dairy - including the soil carbon and nitrogen cycle, soil phosphorus and acidification, and sub-surface drip irrigation.
|Wet Soil Management|
The publication 'Improved Management of Wet Soils', prepared in 2002, reports on: a market segmentation study on adoption of wet soil management strategies; a grazing trial to determine impact of pugging on pasture and soils; effectiveness of subsurface drainage; and a soil characterisation study of southern Victorian dairy soils as they relate to wet soil management.