Organic Matter Matters
2018 – 2019
A peer learning project designed to improve land performance throughout the catchment by increasing soil organic carbon (SOC). In nature, SOC is lost from the soil during decomposition. Microorganisms essential for decomposition convert SOC to carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere. Organic matter in the soil serves as a reservoir of nutrients and water, reduces compaction and increases water filtration. If not replenished, soil health degrades, reducing productivity, capability and resilience of the land.
To increase soil quality assessment skills throughout the district, a recruitment group participated in a study tour to sites where the soil was scientifically managed for increased organic matter. All participants contributed to an on-ground experiment that developed their capacity to assess soil quality and their ability to identify and implement effective management actions to increase SOC.
Photo credit: LRLG