Dr Bill Cotching - Ceramic Artist and Soil Management in Tasmania

Soil management and research, Tasmania, Australia

Author, Consultant, Researcher, Educator, Project Manager, Ceramic artist.


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Dr Bill Cotching, PhD. is a leading expert on soil management for agriculture. Bill works with farmers, natural resource management groups, local government and industry representatives and indigenous communities across a wide range of regions, farms and environments.

Bill offers expert advice and site-specific solutions to soil and environmental problems by providing advice and undertaking research on: 

Soil health : Soil carbon : Maximising crop yield : Reducing environmental impacts : Minimising input costs : Water quality : Natural resource management : Biodiversity

Bill was employed by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania to advance agriculture with leading edge soil research from 2006-2012 and 2016-2018.

Bill is well known for his passionate and persistent work to improve farming practices across Australia.

Tasmanian soil management and research is Bill's specialty.

Bill's work encompasses:

  • Land evaluation & problem diagnosis
  • Land reclamation & remediation
  • Soil mapping
  • Land capability assessment & land use interpretation
  • Land drainage for productivity improvement
  • Farm nutrient management planning
  • NRM project management
  • Effluent and biosolids re-use
  • Soil monitoring & analysis
  • Identification of soil hazards and sensitive environments

Bill works with farmer groups to extend knowledge of best soil management practices on topics such as soil carbon, nutrients and fertilisers, soil structure and erosion control.

Bill invented and promotes a technique and specialist implement to control soil erosion under intensive cropping in Tasmania.

Bill undertakes landscape (Broome) and soil mapping at a range of scales from farm to region and state.



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