Your gateway to a wide range of natural resources information and associated maps

Victorian Resources Online

Step 1 – What do I want from my soils?

Step 1 | Step 2 | Step 3 | Step 4 | Step 5

Soils are the fundamental asset of a farm. Farm health cannot be properly achieved without having healthy soils.

Soils may appear robust and forgiving, but they suffer and damage readily. Care and understanding is needed to keep them healthy. Income, sustainability and esteem are closely linked to soil health.

If you aim for healthy soils, then there are several reasons why you may want to take action.

There are direct indications of poor soil health on your farm:

The profitability of the farm is affected by:
You want to decrease the impact of your farm on the environment in terms of:
The best way of dealing with these usually involves more careful matching of your farming activities with the capability (strengths and weaknesses) of the land and its soils. See
step 2.
Page top