Soil Science Monitoring Manual

The On-Farm Soil Monitoring project is a joint project led by Wheatbelt NRM, the South West Catchments Council
and The University of Western Australia. It is designed to introduce landowners and farmers to the diversity of
organisms in their soils and to the use on-farm soil monitoring methods. This On-Farm Soil Monitoring Handbook
was developed as part of this project and explains procedures for assessing soil fauna (especially mites and
springtails) and the mycorrhizal fungi inside roots of crop and pasture plants as well as many Australian plant
species. Soil mites and springtails both have important roles in chemical, physical and biological components
of soil health. They are sensitive to land management practices and can be assessed on-farm with relatively
simple methods and equipment.