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Gentry, J., Lawrence, D., Baskerville, H., Burrett, B., Lester, D. W., Silburn, C., Sands, D. J., Macpherson, I. and Agius, P. (2024) Integrating the L (learning) into PAR (participatory action research). Rural Extension & Innovation Systems Journal, 20 (1). pp. 86-92.



Declining soil organic matter, soil health and loss of natural fertility are major constraints to sustainability on Australian grain farms. Improved knowledge of soil health is required by those managing Australian soils - farmers. An extension program was delivered to Queensland grain growers in 2022/23 to develop participants' knowledge and their capacity to improve soil management. This program utilised Participatory Learning and Action Research, which combined a structured action learning approach that established on-farm participatory action research to start improving soil health. During the program over 70 properties self- assessed their soil health utilising their own soil data. Growers then identified their top priorities and new management practices they wanted to test in their paddocks. Deep placement of phosphorus was the highest rated priority and the management practice growers most wanted to test in their paddocks (49%). On-farm research sites were implemented to test and refine these practices on participants' properties.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education > Agricultural extension work
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science > Soil and crops. Soil-plant relationships. Soil productivity
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Fertilisers
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Last Modified:17 Jun 2024 05:41

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