[ASC-media] NEW WEBSITE MENU A SMORGASBORD FOR GROWERS
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Thu Sep 20 02:39:58 CEST 2007
UWA/IOA MEDIA RELEASE --20/9/07
NEW WEBSITE MENU A SMORGASBORD FOR GROWERS
Growers and people working in agribusiness who have ever yearned for
computer access to Green Manure or Lime Calculators or just a down-to-earth
look at soil properties in their region of WA need look no further.
Dr Daniel Murphy from the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences and
Institute of Agriculture at the University of Western Australia (UWA) has
launched a free interactive website designed with such clients in mind.
The site HYPERLINK "http://www.soilquality.org.au/"www.soilquality.org.au
has won the Not for Profit category of the 2007 WA Web Awards, which
recognise innovation and excellence in web design.
Jordan Brock of Spin Technologies developed the site in collaboration with
UWA, the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), the Grower Group
Alliance (GGA) and agribusiness partners.
The comprehensive site offers drop-down menus with a feast of information
about local catchments and the biological, chemical and physical properties
of soils on a regional basis.
To date, these data sets are from Western Australia but eastern state
locations will be introduced in 2008.
Dr Murphy, in conjunction with Dr Frances Hoyle of DAFWA, is involved in a
statewide soil sampling project which aims to test 13 different soil
parameters to determine soil constraints to crop and pasture production.
"Collated data from the monitored sites is available on the website and
provides statewide averages for public access, enabling growers to benchmark
their soil health against existing data," he said.
Dr Murphy advocates quality soil monitoring through improved education and
There are newsletters, articles, events, calculators and satellite photos of
soil areas that have been sampled.
Details of organisations supporting landcare and sustainable practices, as
well as addresses of other 'companion' websites are also available.
Factsheets offer topics as diverse as cereal cyst nematode, labile carbon,
water repellency and seedbed soil systems.
Authorised by 'Institute of Agriculture - UWA' and issued on its behalf by
Brendon Cant & Associates, Tel 08 9384 1122
Professor Kadambot Siddique, Tel 08 6488 7012, Mobile 0411 155 396
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