The New South Wales branch of Soil Science Australia holds a regular program events and activities which include meetings in regional centres.
The annual lecture is named after Harald Jensen (1879 – 1966), a geologist and soil chemist. The lecture is a forum to discuss and reflect on contemporary and historical soil science issues.
The NSW branch provides support to students to attend the National Soils Conference, the World Congress of Soil Science and the National Soil Judging Competition.
President: Katharine Brown
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Brendan Malone
Treasurer: Jonathan Gray
Canberra: Richard Greene
Central West: Jane Aiken
Hunter/Central Coast: Simon Buchanan
Illawarra: Roy Lawrie
New England: Lisa Lobry De Bruyn
Northern Rivers: Abigail Jenkins
Sydney: Patrick Fillippi
The New South Wales Branch selected the Red Chromosol as their State Soil.
Also known as red brown earths, red podzolic soils or red duplex soils, Red Chromosols feature a strong texture contrast between the A and B horizons. They are distinguished from other texture contrast soils by not being strongly acidic like Kurosols or sodic like Sodosols in their upper B horizons. In their natural condition, these soils have favourable physical and chemical properties, but many now have hardsetting surface layers with structural degradation and acidification problems caused by longterm cultivation.
They occupy some 20% of the State and are used for grazing, cropping and vineyards. They have been described as ‘the workhorse of agriculture’ in New South Wales.
Soil Science Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.