Agrisolutions are pleased to present Dr Colin Young, 30 years of research and former Professor of Chemistry, University of Melbourne to speak to farmers and other interested people on how to reduce costly chemical inputs/fertilisers without lowering yields. Dr Young will discuss some natural answers by using seaweed, fish and minerals.
Admission free. Tea and coffee provided
Farming set for crucial changes over the next 15 years
In the last 30 years scientists from industry, universities and government research institutions
across the world have become increasingly interested in the chemical, physical and biological
interactions between the soil and crops. Their ongoing research and conclusions so far have an
important bearing on the future direction of agriculture.
The health of Australian soils has declined significantly over the last 20 years. This has resulted
in increasing chemical inputs to support crops and maintain yields. The financial and
environmental situation has now become critical in many farming enterprises, and although
fertilizer prices have dropped from last year’s high, they are expected to rise significantly over
the next decade.
Given this background, it is expected that farming will change more in the next 15 years than it
has in most current farmers’ lifetimes. Dr Colin Young, researcher in sustainable agriculture for
over 30 years and former Professor of Chemistry at Melbourne University, will give a talk at
Poowong East Public Hall (Main South Rd) at Wed 4th Feb at 7:00pm summarizing some of the
areas where change, including the use of seaweed, fish and minerals can reduce costs and
improve soil health whilst maintaining yields. For further information please contact Vic
Wallace on 0428 300 061 or Carol Olsen on 0439 361 815.