New Horizons is a Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) initiative to significantly improve broadacre crop and livestock pasture productivity on South Australia's poorly performing soils.
The program addresses these soil constraints:
- soil compaction that limits root growth
- low fertility or nutrient deficient soils
- soils with low water holding capacity.
Trials were established in 2014 with results obtained from 2014 and 2015.
The program is trialling the addition of:
- organic matter
Download the New Horizons results brochure ().
You can watch our video on the New Horizons program:
Benefits to farmers
The outcomes of the New Horizons programs are:
- a significant increase in productivity and profitability
- improved water use efficiency
- increased fertility
- long-term storage of carbon
- reduced soil erosion risk.
It is estimated that there will be a net increase in agricultural production of $800 million per annum in South Australia if the proposed production techniques are used across the low production soils of the state.
The program will continue the existing trials for a third year to gain greater certainty about the potential benefits and longevity of each of the applied treatments.
We will also continue to:
- analyse the economic viability at the farm level and the impact across the state
- establish a new paddock-scale demonstration site at the Struan Research Centre in the South East to specifically look at cost-effective treatment options using locally available organic matter sources
- work with the University of South Australia on the opportunity for our advanced manufacturing sector to design, engineer and test the machinery necessary to deliver the New Horizons practices
- continue to work with industry and the community to increase knowledge and adoption of the program.
The trials are coordinated by PIRSA divisions:
- Rural Solutions SA
- South Australian Research and Development Institute.
- University of Adelaide
- University of South Australia
- Department of Environment, Water and Natural resources.
- Regional Farming Systems Groups.
Phone: (08) 8429 0353
- Media release: Latest results from New Horizons confirm soil success
- Media release: South Australian farmers set to reap massive yield bonanza
- Media release: Launch of New Horizons trial site
- Media release: New Horizons for a new season
- Premium Food and Wine newsletter - starting on page 8: New Horizons for a new season ()
- Premium Food and Wine newsletter - starting on page 3: A deeper yield for South Australian soils ()
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