Our approach to helping you to have healthy soils and quality produce

Independent expertise and personal guidance to make the most of your farming operation

Everything is a product of its environment

Let's think of the environment as a triangle

Soil health parameters can be categorised as biological, mineral or physical.


Think of the middle of the triangle as the place where plants grow. Try to imagine what would happen to the environment if we only looked at one of these three supporting elements.

This triangular make-up also explains why there isn’t such a thing as a ‘silver bullet’.

Everything has its place.

All aspects that influence the environment can be enhanced, and we can help you by optimising:

  • Canopy and grazing management
  • Plant diversity
  • Soil structure
  • Mineral balance
  • Integrated pest management

The mineral side of the triangle

The mineral make up of your soil

Nutrients in the soil interact both synergistically and antagonistically.

You can’t add one without altering the uptake of another nutrient(s).

N, P, and K are the popular ones as they boost plant growth like no other. But the ones ‘at the back of the class’ are just as, if not more, important for nutrient efficiency.

Soil Matters focuses on reducing the reliance on synthetically produced nitrogen, enhancing carbon sequestration, and providing the right balance for nutrient dense crops.

The biology side of the triangle

Using the biology in your soil

Biology is important because it facilitates nutrient and carbon cycling. Biology is alive and must be fed, nurtured, and treated with care. Plants growing in soils with high biological diversity, that balance naturally, resist diseases much better than soils with low biological diversity. Food sources for soil biology come in form of carbon from decaying plant material, and carbohydrates from root exudates, which are created by photosynthesising plants.

Soil biology can be managed by choosing specific food sources (e.g. plant residues or compost) to stimulate different types of biology.

The physical side of the triangle

Understanding the physical makeup of your soil for better nutrient capacity

To assess and improve soil structure, you need to know the type of soil first. Soil type also determines the nutrient holding capacity (CEC & ASC).

Soil structure refers to the way soil particles group together to form aggregates. These aggregates vary in size and shape from small crumbs through to large blocks, or in the worst case, some soils resemble a large, solid, featureless mass.

The structure is what determines the ability of water to soak into the soil and excess water to drain away. It also determines air movement through the soil. The structure is a product of microbial activity combining soil particles into aggregates.

Our process


get to know each other

Explain how Soil Matters works

Learn about requirements



Determine level of service based on defined objectives

Letter of engagement



Create farm profile in Soil Cloud

Upload or draw farm map



Visual soil and crop assessments

Sample collection for laboratory assessment


soil matters evaluation

Reviewing information through a holistic lens

Collaborative approach with team members


communication of observations and conclusion

Recommendation report and results

Support with sourcing inputs

Engaging with us


How much you want from us is up to you depending on:

  • your objectives
  • how often you want to see us
  • the type of advice you need

Fee structure options

  • Charge per hour
  • Monthly fee based on agreed services
  • Project specific quote

Contact us

For soil testing enquiries or other questions call us, send us an email or use our contact form via the button, below.

What Soil Matters offers

Independent expertise and personal guidance to grow better crops and pastures.

Soil and plant testing
Nutrition plans
Remediation of problem paddocks
Transition to different crops or farming systems
Soil carbon management and measurement
Review of existing information e.g. soil tests
Training and education