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Soil doctrine queried

Piggott, M. (1980) Soil doctrine queried. Western Farmer and Grazier, 2 October 1980. p. 15 [Publication] [Special Collections]


A feature about Needilup grain and woolgrower, Gavin Davis expressing his concerns about the acidifying effects of heavy phosphate and nitrogeous fertiliser applications, without knowing the long-term effects of minimum-tillage systems under our soil types. Mr Davis criticises Agricultural Department advisers for their obsession with super-phosphate to the exclusion of minor elements such as boron, manganese and magnesium, believing there is a problem with only using phosphate. At a two-day seminar held in Albany in late June 1980, an estimated 150 farmers attended to hear South Australian farming advocate Peter Bennett attack agricultural department soil management policies. In July, about 120 farmers from Bridgetown, Albany, Margaret River and Tambellup heard Perth soil analyst Bob Chapman advocate the use of rock phosphate and many minor soil elements necessary for plant growth.

This article contains an image of Gavin Davis.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1980 Western Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57087
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