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Visual indicators of soil condition

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Indicator 4 – stock camps

What do you see and when?

  • Increased growth and high fertility indicator weeds growing on stock camps.
  • Seen during the growing season.

What could this indicate?

Pictured: Bare ground at autumn and false breaks can favour capeweed growth.
  • High soil fertility
  • Stock empty out dung and urine, so nutrients concentrate.
  • Bare ground at autumn or overgrazing

 

What test do I do to confirm?

Pictured: Larger yet same number of leaves (right) due to higher fertility.
  • Identify if the weeds growing on the camp area thrive under high fertility.
  • Compare size of fully emerged leaf blades of the same grass species from the stock camp to the rest of paddock.

 

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