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Profits that drown in waterlogged land

Piggott, M. (1979) Profits that drown in waterlogged land. western Farmer and Grazier, 19 July 1979. p. 49 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Article discusses drainage categories and understanding how water moves above and below the surface.
Thousands of hectares of Western Australia's prime farmlands lie unproductive and waterlogged with production losses clearly seen from roadsides.
A problem with excess water both above and below the soil surface can seriously retard growth in the springtime, when production should be at its greatest.
Some benefits of well planned drainage include, the improvement in conditions for soil cultivation; a healthier environment for plant and microbial life; vastly increased root development; greater mobility of vehicles and machinery; an increase in land value; better livestock health; and a longer growing season.

This article contains one image of Albany drainage contractor Geof Davies using a JCB backhoe with a 6.4 metre reach deepening main drains in the Young's Siding district.
Photographer is Max Piggott.

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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: ©1979 Western Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57250
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