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  • Organic Farming from the soil up... New Project!

    25-Jun-2016

    Kinmana Organics is running a new project!

    SA Organic Farming For Sustainability Project

    Justin & Rita at Kinmana Organics have sourced 5 different organic compost products from SA companies and are testing different areas of the 5,000 acre property to see which compost yields the best result for each soil type. Over 1000 tons of compost has been applied to the 3000 acres of cropping land this season.
     The results will be shared with local farmers and support will be given to interested
    farmers to embrace organic practises. 

    This season, soil samples have been analysed by an Independant Lab so that we can accurately measure the results of field trials that are being carried out this year. We have attended a 3-day Soil Food Web Workshop in Warragul, VIC at the Soil Foodweb Institute headquarters and learnt first hand knowledge of soil biology under a microscope.  This has been beneficial when considering organic soil conditioners and compost to apply broardacre to our 
    certified organic land.
     
     
     

    Our new seeder bar and gps system has enabled planting of two different seeds in the same paddock, side by side. Seeds planted include Lupins (a legume) inter-rowed with cereal grain (wheat, rye, barley).  
    This is part of our field trials to gauge production outcomes with legumes fixing nitrogen for the
    crop in the same and subsequent year.

     


    Did you know???  A lot of hard work goes into planting an organic crop...

      

    We care about the soil, because we know that 
    Healthy soil = Healthy plants =
    Healthy animals = Healthy people!

     

    At Kinmana Organics, our soil is allowed a year of rest between cropping, when the land is used as pasture. The soil is prepared for the coming crop in mid-late Summer after rain, turning under the pasture, a practice sometimes called "green manure" or "green fallow".  This helps with weed seed destruction at the same time as adding valuable organic matter to the soil structure.

    Then the paddocks are worked with a cultivator ahead of seeding time after the opening rains (about March or April).  Organic compost or soil conditioner is applied to the paddocks, and then the soil is worked again at planting time.  The workings and planting are done by the moon cycle, to minimise weed seed germination, and maximise crop fertility.  



    Justin, Rita and the team at Kinmana Organics.

     



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