The work of John and Robyn Ives on ‘Talaheni’, showcased yesterday at the ‘Soils For Life’ field day, was a huge vote for the benefits offered by decisions based on time spent monitoring.
A self confessed eccentric with a background in ag science, John has applied his scientific methodology to getting to the bottom of some of the most pressing problems on his property.
Clever management of soil, water, plants & animals based on his findings have resulted in:
- the virtual elimination of dryland salinity in one of the most susceptible areas in Australia
- an increase in soil organic carbon (SOC) from below 1% to around 4% (that’s higher than some high profile regenerative farmers in far better soils)
- some of the best wool on the planet (based on wins in international competitions).
Read more about the Ives’ efforts in:
Talaheni Case Study by Soils For Life
Salinity Management in a variable landscape, CRC on Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity, Salt Magazine.
Dam Salinity: A report card on our risk and progress, John Ive, Agribusiness Chain V10, p 42
Can drought really help your revegetation effort?, John Ive, Agribusiness Chain 2007.