Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Download field guide

The worm test.

The worm test.

The VSA Field Guide contains all the information necessary to cary out VSA on your land. The Field Guide is self-explanatory and its use does not require special training or technical skills. While the Field Guide contains a wealth of information about soil quality and its fundamental importance to sustainable resource management, the information is expressed in a simple and concise way, and will provide a useful educational tool.

These volumes are available as PDF files for download. Please note - these are large files and may take several minutes to download, depending on your internet connection. 

Volume 1: Field Guide. cropping and pastoral grazing on flat to rolling country. pdf icon (15.4MB)
Volume 2: Soil Management Guidelines. cropping and pastoral grazing on flat to rolling country. pdf icon (4.1MB)
Volume 3: Field Guide. Hill country land uses. pdf icon (9.3 MB)

Volume 4: Soil management guidelines. Hill country land uses. pdf icon (5.4 MB)

A separate publication Soil Management Guidelines for Sustainable Cropping (available from Manaaki Whenua Press) uses the same techniques as a basis for sustainable cropping management.

The VSA guides were produced with the co-operation of Horizons Regional Council, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington Regional Council, and Landcare Research.