Organic Matter Management
is Key to Long-term Viability and Success

The depletion of the soil humus supply is apt
to be a fundamental cause of lowered crop yields.
J.H. Hills, C.H. Jones and C. Cutler, 1908 (Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin)*


Soil organic matter is vitally important for sustaining long-term soil fertility and productivity, and indeed, for ensuring the viability of future food production. Hence, apart from defining ways and effects of managing soil organic matter, it is also necessary to find ways of integrating its proper care and management into existing farming enterprises, and of maximising agronomic, economic, and environmental benefits from optimum soil organic matter levels. All of this is nowhere more pertinent than in intensive horticultural field cropping. However, the success of other horticultural sectors, such as amenity horticulture and the nursery industry, is equally dependent on proper management of organic matter, i.e. the production and use of high quality and fit-for-purpose growing media, soil blends, mulches, etc.

Accordingly, the International Symposium on Organic Matter Management & Compost Use in Horticulture will present, discuss and explore options of using compost and other organic soil amendments for managing & improving horticultural soils and production systems, including amenity horticulture, nurseries, and protected cropping. To calculate how much soil or mulch you might need to carry out a tricky landscaping job try this great cubic yard calculator.



You are codially invited to participate in and contribute to an International Scientific Symposium that will focus on;

  • Characterization and production of fit-for-purpose organic soil amendments and growing media,
  • Potential uses for compost products as horticultural soil amendments, mulch, or component in growing media
  • Managing organic matter in conventional, integrated and organic horticultural production systems,
  • Identifying and quantifying the agronomic, environmental and societal benefits of using composted and un-composted organic soil amendments and mulches,
  • The economics of managing organic matter,
  • Translating R&D outcomes into farm practices.

All Horticultural Sectors will be addressed and represented, including;

  • Vegetable Production
  • Fruit & Berry Growing
  • Amenity Horticulture
  • Landscaping & Land Rehabilitation
  • Turf Production & Turf Maintenance
  • Production & Use of Blended Soils,
  • Protected Cropping
  • Potting & Container Media
  • Production & Use of Blended Soils
  • Viticulture
  • Flower Production
  • Tree Cropping


Mr Johannes Biala
Ph: +61 – 7 – 3901 1152


* from F. Magdoff and H. van Es (2001); Building Soils for Better Crops (2nd Ed.), Sustainable Agriculture Network, Beltsville, USA

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