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Subsoiling in the Wheatbelt

Whitehead, R.W. (1946) Subsoiling in the Wheatbelt. The Western Mail, 9 May 1946. p. 57 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Two-page article discusses techniques that Mr. Whitehead uses for sub-soiling activities and the circumstances leading to the development of these techniques.
The methods can be effectively applied to salt-free land and Mr. Whitehead says that he would have been better off financially if the subsoiling had commenced on the good soil first and then worked the salt portions.
Mr. Whitehead says that some people are under the impression that the subsoiling is entirely for the purpose of reclaiming land which has become useless owing to heavy accumulations of salt.
This is not the case, as the methods can be effectively applied to salt-free land.
The methods devised by Mr. Whitehead have evolved for rehabilitating the land owe the inspiration from nature's principles.
In many places a hard layer of soil under the surface had been formed by constant ploughing.
It was obvious this was the hard-pan which had prevented water penetration, which increased the run-off.

This article contains three images, one diagram of a subsoiling point; one photograph of a subsoiler-mouldboard which is a plough; one photograph of Unknown kneeling to view some seedlings.

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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: ©1946 The Western Mail
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58329
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