A demonstration site trial was held at Thorndon Park Produce on the Adelaide Plains, South Australia to showcase how the use of compost in commercial vegetable production can improve soil health, reduce the effect of saline irrigation water and decrease the use of inputs.

The compost treatments were found to improve soil health and marketable yield, while better managing salinity issues and reducing inputs such as water, fertiliser and labour costs. Thorndon Park Produce has since expanded its use of compost, trialling pelletised compost and biological products.

The demonstration site trial identified salinity as a key issue facing vegetable growers in the Adelaide Plains region and facilitated resources to help growers manage the issue, as well as connections for industry members supporting the trial.

Read about the demo site trial findings in this case study.