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Brookton plan to beat the salt

Fewster, S. (1977) Brookton plan to beat the salt. Farmer and Grazier, 14 April 1977. p. 16 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Article explains the scheme from Brookton farmer, Harry Whittington, to beat salinity.
Mr. Whittington sold one third of his property to find a solution to tackle the salt problem.
After 30 years of trial and error, continual assessment and experimenting, Mr. Whittington is convinced he has an answer to restore salt affected land back to productivity.
The Agriculture Department's attitude of tolerating the problem and recommending growing salt resistant trees and grasses were unacceptable.
The department did not agree with some of his theories and Mr. Whittington turned to the United States Agriculture Department which was involved with water erosion research in the Tennessee Valley.
The United States had the same problems with water-logging, leaching and erosion as Western Australia.
After years of testing and boring, Mr. Whittington built interceptor banks similar to ones in Tennessee.

This article contains two photographs, one of a view of Springhill farm showing the contour banks; one photograph of Harry Whittington standing next to a tree.

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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: ©1977 Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57956
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