Resource management for growers

Natural resources such as soil, water and nutrients should be managed to ensure they are available now and in the future.

Efficient use of resources reduces costs to farmers, and reduces the impact of agricultural practices on the environment. 

Understanding soil management in farming soils

In general, soils in the Top End are very poor. Soil structure is poor and they lack sufficient naturally available plant nutrients to produce a good crop of vegetables. This results in low moisture and nutrient holding capacity.

To find out more about managing and improving soil for agricultural use, read the publications listed below.

Understanding water and irrigation in farming soils

Horticulture in the Northern Territory relies heavily on irrigation for its sustainable development and viability. 

Irrigation is one of a number of factors which need to be carefully managed for efficiency, cost, yield and production. 

To find out more about managing water and irrigation in agricultural production read the publications listed below.

Understanding nutrient efficiencies in farming soils

Farmers, growers and others involved in Australia's agriculture industries can significantly improve their nutrient use efficiency.

The Australian Government has programs to encourage farmers and land managers to create credits for carbon biosequestration and pollution reduction activities associated with agricultural production.

To find out more, go to the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website about the  Carbon Farming Initiative  and the Australian Department of the Environment's website about the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Go to the N2O Network website which has information for growers

Read the publications listed below about understanding and improving nutrient efficiencies in agriculture.

Last updated: 13 October 2017