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What you can achieve on your farm depends on your management objectives and goals as well as the sources of organic matter and the management options available to you. For example, do you want to build organic matter quickly to address a major problem, to supply nutrients for immediate use by crops, or gradually improve soil structure over a number of years?

We have capture the experiences of other farm business that may have faced similar challenges to you as case studies.  These case studies contain key information about changes made in organic matter management and the costs and benefits experienced.   To help you find the case studies that are most relevant to your business we have grouped them by management objectives and organic matter management strategy as summarised below. 

Our  brochure 'Profiting from soil organic matter' provides further background information on organic matter management options available to you and our staff will be happy to help you assess your current situation and to identify opportunities that may be open to you.  

Select the management objective or type of management practice of interest below for links to more information and relevant case studies.

Rapid improvement of soil structure & water retention Examples of Organic Matter Resources or practice
Add stable organic matter with high carbon content
  • Composted manures
  • Spent mushroom compost
  • Composted municipal waste
  • Heavily bedded manure
  • Paper waste
Supply nutrients
Incorporate organic matter with high nutrient content
  • Manures
  • Composted municipal waste
  • Sewage sludge
Change Rotation to incorporate hign nitrogen crops
  • Green manure
  • Grass or legume ley
Long-term soil structure improvement
Change crop residue management
  • Incorporate crop residues
  • Grass or legume ley
Introduce reduced or minimum tillage
  • Reduced tillage
  • Minimum tillage
Incorporate stable organic matter with high C content
  • "Heavily-bedded" FYM
  • Paper pulp
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