Mt Larcom Landcare is a working group under Gladstone Conservation Council. The focus is on neighbours talking to neighbours and finding ways to farm sustainably in local conditions.
Vs1 - June 2021
"Oakwood BEAM Starter Compost Tea" was applied to soybeans to test effects on yield and soil. This tea is based on a wide range of locally sourced soil biology and is 'brewed' on farm. The tea was injected as an inoculant to boost fungal growth into the soil. The only extra costs are minor inputs into the ‘brew’ and one pass-over of a tractor. The soybean yields in the treated areas averaged 9% higher than those in the controls. This equated to an estimated $190 increase in Gross Margin/ha. Effects of better drainage and increase in soil biology were recorded in photographs. Observations indicated a slow spreading of the fungi into the nearby rows of the untreated area.