We've just got back our soil analysis from SWEP, and boy is it a surprise... we still have to get the one in the post and speak to Pat Coleby but so far it makes sense on why our winter/spring growth is non-existant.
While it's widely said all soil needs lime and dolomite we need 0, and magnesium is higer than normal so we need 0. But we need 20 tonne per hectare of Gypsum!!
Which ball park works out about $4000.00 per hectare to get it right.
On looking up a bit about gypsum it helps with winter and spring growth... hmmm and we get 0 and I mean 0 growth in winter or spring, yet we live in a frost free and had good rain (need it again now) with warmth (sub-tropical) and spring just doesn't happen at all, I've never seen anything like it.
We new there was something WAY out of whack and it's good to know. While we can't afford to Gypsum the entire property in one hit, we'll price a hectare at a time and then fertilise with the recommended requirement which isn't huge and see how it goes.
It will certainly be interesting to see the results that's for sure.
BTW now it makes sense why we couldn't grow potatoes - no calcium in the soil.