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Science has an answer to soil erosion : some enterprising farmers have achieved wonders

Colebatch, H. (1957) Science has an answer to soil erosion : some enterprising farmers have achieved wonders. The West Australian, 20 September 1957. p. 5 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Article discusses years of cultivation of arable lands on a crop-fallow rotation has been a prime factor in creating a heritage of salt erosion that is now an Australia-wide problem.
Soil conservationists, in all States, are working in co-operation with landholders, producing significant results.
Success has been achieved with the conversion of badly-eroded gullies to good pasture land.
Formerly eroded areas have been reclaimed by contour banks that effectively control drainage and help to keep water where it falls.
The successful use of contour banks to prevent erosion was seen on a farm in the Pingelly-Brookton district, with nearly 700 acres under contour banks.
The use of absorption banks with the contour banks, holds most of the water that falls.
An achievement in reclamation of salt seepage areas was seen at Grass Valley where tamarisk trees growing on contour banks arrest the seepage and paspalum are absorbing the salt.
Following a 1950 survey, it was estimated that the area of good wheat land in this State already destroyed by salt totalled more than 100,000 acres.

This article contains two images, one view of a deep gully on a Brookton farm, and one view of absorption banks.

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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
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58331
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