New Horizons is PIRSA's soil modification and improvement program. Through projects and collaborations, PIRSA is investigating and trialling new advances in soil science and management and delivering that information direct to farmers across South Australia.
About 40% of the area currently under broadacre agriculture in South Australia – about 4.1 million hectares - has soil issues which limit agricultural production.
Estimates reveal a potential to add an additional $800 million in agricultural production per annum in South Australia by improving soils with production constraints.
Key funding partners and collaborators with the New Horizons Soil Improvement Program are the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC), the CRC for High Performance Soils, and other delivery partners across southern Australia.
PIRSA's soil research and extension work is largely undertaken by its Rural Solutions SA and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) divisions.
PIRSA's New Horizons Soil Improvement Program encompasses the following key areas:
- Sandy soils
- Acid soils
- Subsoil constraints
- Soil carbon
- Soil protection
- Precision agriculture
- Other soil services
The continued research trials and new partnerships, in this area of soil improvement, will help to broaden the research findings and build stronger collaboration and connection with industry.