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Soil banks help, but won't cure salting

(1984) Soil banks help, but won't cure salting. National Farmer, 4 October 1984. p. 55 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Salting of agricultural land remaining a major problem in many areas and soil conservation banks are seen as a means of reclaiming saltland, but research in Western Australia has cast doubt on this approach. The Department of Agriculture of Western Australia has compared WISALTS and standard grade soil conservation banks for reclaiming salt land in a long-term study in the State's central wheatbelt, and determined that neither has worked. Researcher Chris Hensche said that both systems did encourage more even rainfall distribution on sloping land and helped prevent soil erosion and waterlogging in low lying land. Results from the study showed that WISALTS banks can be effective in controlling surface and shallow subsurface water flow and reducing waterlogging in areas prone to this, but the results did not support claims that WISALTS banks stop salt encroachment and return land to normal productivity.

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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: ©1984 National Farmer
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58390
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