Soil and Plant Analysis Workshop – new thinking, extra value

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Time: 1330-1530

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Cost: Complimentary

This general interest workshop will be conducted by the Australian Soil and Plant Analysis Council (ASPAC).

The workshop structure will include both presentations and group interaction. There will be three Managers from major soil and plant testing facilities that cover commercial, government and university sectors. Each will give their perspective of existing and emerging techniques and tests, future challenges and the value their laboratory offers to the soil and plant testing Industry and stakeholders. New tests will include recent advances in environmental testing such as bio-available nutrients in sediments moved off site along with tests for ‘fingerprinting’ sediment source. A fourth presenter will discuss sampling and interpretation of results for soil fertility purposes. The final presenter will demonstrate improvements in the quality of both soil and plant testing due to training programs offered by ASPAC for example, and due to third party assessment of laboratory competency by NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia) who provide accreditation of methods to International Standards of Quality (ISO17025), and by ASPAC who provide Certification of methods based on performance in soil and plant proficiency testing programs.

Australian Soil Classification Workshop

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

This half-day workshop aims to update the soil science community on a major proposal to introduce a new Soils Order into the Australian Soil Classification (ASC). An Arenosols order is proposed to cover the deep sands that are widely distributed throughout inland arid Australia as well as along our extensive coastline. The proposal will better align with international soil classification but will have significant implications for the Tenosols and Rudosols soil orders. Prior to the workshop, the detailed proposal is being circulated more widely, seeking feedback on the proposal.

The workshop is being led by the Working Group on Australian Soil Classification, who report to the National Committee on Soil and Terrain (NCST). The Working Group’s role is to evaluate proposals to change the ASC and make recommendations to the NCST. Chaired by Bernie Powell, it is comprised of soil scientists from CSIRO and the states and territories.

While soil scientists may submit proposals to amend the ASC at any time, the workshop will also provide an opportunity to make suggestions to the Working Group.

Details of more workshops will be added soon.