Soil Consultancy

 
Soil Balancing

We are always hearing that our soils need to be biologically active to be sustainable. Everyone talks about it, but no one explains how to do it.

Do you get soil tests that show you probably need a lot of things, but you only get recommended 2 or 3 elements? You apply yearly doses of fertilizers but nothing really changes?

Are you looking for long term fertility, sustained productivity, a healthy farm, with a healthier work environment and increased profits? It's about starting at soil level to balance your soil on your farm to achieve what you want. This is an individual approach to your soils and your crops.

 
Services Provided

This is a system of balancing soil chemistry so that soil physics and soil biology work as nature intended.

  • Comprehensive soil and leaf analysis

  • Recommendations based on analysis results

  • Distribution of soil fertility and plant nutrient products if needed

  • Holistic soil management consultancy for a wide range of agricultural pursuits

 

Our business services are open to all farmers and graziers with a focus on those transitioning to organic, biological or simply a more regenerative production system.

Advantages
  • Increases in water infiltration and higher water holding capacity in your soil

  • Increases in water use efficiency by up to 100%

  • Better soil structure—healthy ongoing soil aggregate formation

  • Higher levels of soil microbes

  • Healthier populations of beneficial soil organisms

  • Better nutrient delivery and efficiency to plants

  • Healthier livestock (less internal/external parasites and disease)

  • Decreased soil, pasture, crop, animal and human disease

  • Higher pasture/crop yields and carrying capacity

About Derek

A lifelong farmer, Derek has embraced natural farming as a way to protect biodiversity, store carbon and maintain consistent food production. He is currently running beef cattle, free range layer hens plus prime lambs on his property at Guyra. 

Derek is currently working with tropical fruits in far north QLD and pastures and horticulture in south-west WA and with a variety of farms in between.

 
Testimonial: Brendan Poppi - Organic Bananas Woopen Creek FNQ

Type of Operation: Banana Grower

“Did a trial using Derek’s system and within a few months could see a difference, bigger and heavy bunches, better sucker growth and turn around in healthier plants. Derek has also shown me how to look at a soil test and explain why I am having a pest or disease problem in one paddock and not another, and that by balancing your soil you can solve these problems without chemicals. Would recommend Derek to anyone who is looking to improve their soil and profitability of their farm.”

Derek's Qualifications

For 20 years Derek shared his experience as an instructor at TAFE Armidale. As the teacher of a year-long course in organic farming

and in the past, horticulture, he helps students apply organic or biologically enhancing principles to their own farms.

Over the years Derek has built on his Associate Diploma in Farm Management at Orange Ag College with courses in Holistic Management and Grazing for Profit. He earned his Bachelor of Farm Management at Orange (University of Sydney) in 2004 and a Certificate II in Assessment and Workplace Training in 2008.

​Derek has completed three stages of Neal Kinsey's Advanced Soil Management course and is accredited as one of only four Kinsey/Albrecht practitioners in Australia. If you are looking for the HOW to balance your soils, we are here to help you work with nature and get long lasting  real results - not short term fixes.

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