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As a regionally based firm, EnviroScience Solutions offers a range of tailored services, solutions and training opportunities for those in the agricultural sector.

Working with corporate farming businesses, farming and industry groups and Government bodies, we specialise in soil carbon analysis via sampling, measuring, assessing and reporting on organic carbon in the soil. With Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) a tradeable commodity, accurately assessing and monitoring these assets is increasingly sought after by our clients. 

Our multi-disciplinary scientific team is hands on, practical, innovative and technical in its approach. And being based across regional New South Wales, the team is easily accessible to agricultural operations and has a strong understanding of the sector, soil science, GIS mapping, and project management.  

At EnviroScience we pride ourselves at being at the forefront of innovation and are continually looking at new and emerging hazards and ways to address them. We are also committed to identifying opportunities for the agricultural sector, and how we can service the industry with practical and tailored environmental solutions.

CASE STUDY

Horticultural Soil Sampling for proposed Medicinal Cannabis Plantation

EnviroScience Solutions were engaged to undertake a site investigation and soil sampling for the proposed development of a medicinal cannabis plantation at a property in the Central West of New South Wales.

The objectives of the site investigation were to determine whether the designated parcel of land could sustain the growth of medicinal cannabis plants from a nutrient and horticultural fertility perspective. As well as, determine if there was any chemical contamination of the topsoil and subsurface soil layers.

The scope of works included assessment of the surface and subsoil conditions at the proposed site, including surface topsoil and subsoil core samples for testing, and analysis of the soil for heavy metal contamination, general nutrient and fertility status of the soil.  

As there are no known optimal soil levels for growing cannabis in the field in Australia, the soils were analysed for general horticultural crops. This was also the case for heavy metals, with the levels based on the Victorian EPA bio solid levels.

EnviroScience were able to conclude that while heavy metals are naturally present in the soil, additions may come from various sources, such as natural at atmospheric deposition and the use of fertilisers, soil amendments and organic wastes such as sewage and waste products. With the levels of heavy metals in the soils sampled at the site appearing to be very low and satisfactory, it was determined that these levels should not be a limiting factor for the growth of medicinal cannabis at this location.

 

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