Queensland branch news and events

The Queensland branch holds regular events throughout the year.

TOOWOOMBA SOIL BASICS

 

Refresher Training Course

 

You're invited to the Queensland Branch Soil Basics Refresher Training Course in Toowoomba. 

 

The course is an introduction to soils, their uses, formation, components, structure and texture.  This course also provides sessions on basic soil chemistry theory and practice using case study examples.  A field practical session with hands on participation is included.

 

Thursday 1st November 2018

 

Green Room, Conference Centre
Dept of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
203 Tor Street, Toowoomba

 

Registration from 8am for a 8.30am start

 

Register here

 

8:00–8:30

Registration

8:30–8:45

Welcome/Intro

8:45–9:05

Broad overview of soils (uses, views, importance) and role of SSA

9:05–10:00

Introduction to soils – formation, components, texture, structure, colour

10:00–10:30

Morning tea

10:30–11:15

Introduction to soil chemistry – cation exchange, pH, salinity

11:15–12:00

Practical implications of soil chemistry

12:00–12:30

Lunch

12:30–13:40

Case studies showcasing soil management

13:40–14:50

Field session 1

-Soil texture, soil colour

-Field pH / EC tests

-Acid sulfate soil field tests

-Dispersion tests

14:50–15:10

Availability of regional soils information

15:10–15:30

Afternoon Tea

15:30–17:00

Describing soils – look at the big picture, where are you in the landscape, what soil type to expect before even digging a hole

Field session 2

-Soil profile discussions

-Describing different soils

17:00

Close

 


 

 

 

Annual Ron McDonald Memorial Lecture

The Ron McDonald Memorial Lecture was established as a tradition to honour the late Ron McDonald.

Ron McDonald passed away in 1989 at the age of 53 but not without touching many people’s lives along the way. Ron played several essential roles in the Queensland Branch ... to most he was the guru of pedology, to others he was a willing counsellor, trainer, leader and motivator.

Ron’s career began in 1964 when he joined the Agricultural Chemistry Branch as a soil surveyor. In 1965 he was sent to Emerald to assess the irrigation suitability of lands for the Emerald Irrigation Area. In 1970 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study soil survey methodology in the Netherlands. This allowed him to visit a number of eminent pedologists in Europe and he returned to Australia with a great desire to improve the quality of soil survey. After eight years in Emerald, Ron was transferred to Brisbane to supervise the rapidly expanding soil survey team. During the early 1980s Ron led a team of authors in the preparation of the ‘bible’ of soil survey, the ‘Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook’. This is still the standard handbook for the characterisation of landforms, soils and vegetation throughout Australia.

Ron was an active member of the Australian Society of Soil Science, being President of the Queensland Branch in 1977/1978. His real love was field pedology and he was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge on Queensland soils.  Ron's 25 year career in pedology had a tremendous impact on the quality of soil survey carried out across the State.