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Bullet plough helps in salt land battle

Busher, M. (1978) Bullet plough helps in salt land battle. The Countryman, 30 November 1978. pp. 16-17 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Two-page article explaining a theory that salt land can be reclaimed by flushing salt crystals through the soil into drainage tunnels well below the surface which has resulted in Mingenew farmer David Bentall developing a machine for this purpose.
This machine has been labelled the "Bentall bullet" and is best described as a modified mole plough.
Mole draining, a term used for unlined underground channels has been used in the past in suitable clay soils, but adaptation of the technique for salt control is new.
Mingenew farmer, Mr. Bentall, farmed in Essex, England until six years ago when he and his family settled in Western Australia.
Concern at the growing salt encroachment problem, Mr. Bentall experimented and eventually found a way to flush salt crystals deposited by normal rainfall into a grid of machine-made tunnels under the surface to carry the water to lower natural draining points such as creeks.

This article contains four photographs and two drawn images; one photograph of the 'bullet' built on Western Plow's ripmaster frame; one image of David Bentall with the trailing compactor; one split image of the torpedo-like bullet with the wider trailing compactor; one photograph of David Bentall with his arm in a cleared section of ground.
Photograph credits to Joe Wheeler.

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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: ©1978 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57834
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