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Sunday 11 December / Monday 12 December

Soil Judging Competition, Kindly Sponsored by Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Soil Judging comp

• Sunday 11 December: practice day. Several soil profiles will be available for practising soil judging skills.
• Monday 12 December: competition day.

The New Zealand and Australian Soil Science Societies invite Soil Science students from both countries to participate in a Soils Judging competition, as part of the joint Societies biennial conference that will be held at Queenstown on December 11 -15 2015.

The occasion is a great opportunity for students, lecturers and researchers to interact and experience the unique landscapes and soils of the central Otago region. The scope of the Soil Judging Contest is for participants (in the form of teams and individuals) to use their knowledge and practical skills to describe, understand and interpret soil characteristics in the field. The winners will be selected on their ability to correctly describe each soil, evaluate potential soil functions and interpret their capacity to perform under different land use and management practices.

The competition will be based out of Wanaka. Travel, accommodation and food will be the responsibility of the individual teams to organize. 
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea with be provided on competition Monday. 

What to bring: Sturdy shoes, wet weather gear and high vis vest. Additional soil description equipment will be necessary as specified in the competition guidelines.

For further information, please contact Dr Carol Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

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Monday 12 DecemberNothern Southland Field Trip2

TRIP 1 - Northern Southland farm systems, Kindly Sponsored by AB Lime 

The development of hill and high country land can result in a number of adverse environmental effects, as well as positive economic and social effects. Join us as we journey into beautiful Southland as we follow the Oreti River from its source high in the pristine tussock clad Southern Alps, through high country sheep, beef and deer farms then along the foothills that supports some of Southlands booming dairy expansion.
We learn about new land management policies being developed that ensure the sustainable co-existence of farming, recreational and community interests. We talk with farmers about how they are rising to new challenges in land stewardship and introduce the soil science that is helping to define targets and underpin farming practices aimed to work with the environment.

Travel to Queenstown to Five Rivers
Perspective 1: Catchment/land use change
Perspective 2: Dairy farm practice to manage challenges
Perspective 3: Sheep and beef farming practice to manage challenges
Perspective 4: Industry/community benefit of farming practices

Departs from the Millennium Hotel at 8.00am and returns approx 6.00pm
Price: $80 per person (includes packed morning/afternoon teas and lunch)
What to bring: Sturdy shoes, wet weather gear and high vis vest.

 

TRIP 2 - Central Otago Landuse balancing act, Kindly Sponsored by Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Landuse Balancing Act 3

The central Otago field trip will focus on the balancing of multiple landuse demands in one of New Zealand’s iconic landscapes. The trip will depart Queenstown and head over the Crown range, briefly looking at hill country Brown soils and management, before heading to Mt Burke station on the shores of Lake Wanaka. At Mt Burke station we will discuss the balancing act of modern farming systems in the Lakes region, before heading down the Clutha river valley to Cromwell, to focus on horticulture in one of New Zealand’s driest climates. The trip will then head back up through the Kawerau gorge to Queenstown in time for the opening night event of the conference.

Departs from the Millennium Hotel at 8.00am and returns approx 6.00pm
Price: $85 per person (includes packed morning/afternoon teas and lunch)
What to bring: Sturdy shoes, wet weather gear and high vis vest.

 

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