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Young farmer adapts this for dry areas

Rickards, R. (1957) Young farmer adapts this for dry areas. The Countryman, 26 December 1957. p. 5 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Article discusses how young farmer, Ron Wise of Gnowangerup originally conceived a method of getting maximum water absorption on hill land, using the basic idea of Keyline which has been used by Wise as a water harvesting technique.
The Wise property has 17 dams with a total capacity of more than 22,000 cubic yards.
In the Keyline plan the land is worked by chisel plough creating a contour line crossing valleys at their first main point of slope flattening.
In the high rainfall areas of the Eastern States where this has been used this has not been a deterrent to water harvesting.

This article contains two images, one diagram of the Keyline plan, and one photograph of Ron Wise leaning on some of his hay.

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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: ©1957 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58334
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