This strategy recognises the benefits improved understanding and management of soil will provide to agricultural productivity and profitability. It also recognises that soil provides essential ecosystem services to agriculture, the environment and the community.
The Soil R&D strategic directions include:
- Improve soil management to increase agricultural productivity and profitability
- Quantify the soil asset in space and time: mapping, modelling, monitoring and forecasting
- Find solutions to manage soil/subsoil constraints
- Understand soil and its role in delivering ecosystem services
- Manage soil across the landscape
- Harvest, verify and communicate innovations in soil management
- Capture bright ideas to deliver world-class outcomes
Strategy goals will support strategic directions by ensuring Australia has sufficient numbers of soil scientists with the training and expertise to address current and future challenges. The goals will help build the infrastructure to support nationally relevant soil RD&E, including analytical equipment, soil archives and long-term field sites.
The soil RD&E strategy will foster national coordination, collaboration and increased effectiveness and efficiency in Australia’s soil RD&E effort.