Organic Matter Matters

2018-2019

A peer leaning 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) which is released into the atmosphere. Organic matter in the soil serves as a reservoir of nutrients and water, reduces compaction and increase 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 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 ability to identify and implement effective management actions to increase SOC.

Photo credit: LRLG