Monthly Archives: September 2012

Phosphorus in Agriculture workshop

The Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council and the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc are presenting a ‘Phosphorus in Agriculture’ workshop at the Waite Campus on Thursday, 20th of September.

The need for efficient use of phosphorus (P) in agricultural systems has been highlighted recently due to concerns about the finite nature of P fertiliser resources and the likelihood of increasing agricultural production costs due to rising fertiliser prices. At the other end of the spectrum there are environmental concerns associated with P-induced eutrophication of waterways, where run-off from P fertilisers, both organic and inorganic, is an issue.

The phosphorus cycle is complex with multiple chemical and biological functions working together to enable the soil to sustain crop and pasture P nutrition. In addition, the variability of soil types within Australian agricultural systems provides significant challenges for sound agronomic P management advice. This workshop brings together leading researchers and advisers to consider and discuss best-practice strategies that will address the requirement for improving P utilisation in agricultural systems to maximise economic outcomes and minimise detrimental effects on the environment.

Speakers include
•    Alan Richardson (CSIRO), Rob Norton (IPNRI), Ron Smernik, Sean Mason, Fien Degreyse, Maria Manjarrez (University of Adelaide), Phil Barnett (APAL), Roger Armstrong (DPI, Vic), Bill Long (Ag Consulting) and Therese McBeath (CSIRO)
Covering a range of topics, including
•    P uptake by plants and mycorrhiza; fertilizer design, supply and use efficiency; quality control and analysis of soil P; organic P in soil.

For more information go to the Australian Society of Soil Science SA Branch website.

To register click here.

Closing date for registrations: 14th of September

When: Thursday September 20th, 2012, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Charles Hawker Conference Centre, Charles Hawker Building room 107, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Waite Road Urrbrae

Current financial member of ASSSI – $55
Current financial member of ASPAC – $55
Not a financial member of ASPAC or ASSSI – $110
Student – $44

Price includes tea/coffee, lunch and finger food at Lirra Lirra after the meeting