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Salt seeps destroy croplands

(1977) Salt seeps destroy croplands. World Farming, May 1977. pp. 16-17 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Two-page article discusses an Agricultural Research Service study into salt water seeps.
The study recommends rotating small grains, grasses, and deep-rooted crops in an intensive cropping system, while keeping summer fallow to a minimum to control the development of saline seeps.
Noting that saline seeps are formerly productive, non-irrigated soil areas that become too wet and salty for crop production.
The saline seeps also salinize ground water making it undrinkable for humans or livestock.
Saline seeps frequently dissect paddocks, creating a patchwork of soggy areas that make seeding and harvesting difficult and costly.
Seeps often occur where there is a sudden change in the slope of the land, but not necessarily at the low point in the topography.

This article contains two photographs, one showing a farmer walking across a salt-affected paddock; one aerial image of saline seeps in a crop fallow system.
Photo credits to USDA, Agricultural Research magazine, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to provide a public view of this newspaper article as the copyright is held by the publisher of Elders Weekly.

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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 World Farming
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58037
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