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How the west is being won

(1989) How the west is being won. Border Mail, 9 September 1989. [Publication] [Special Collections]


An eight day tour of farms in Western Australia was organised by Monsanto and Doug McEachern and Co. of Albury. Eighteen border district farmers paid $1,600 for the opportunity to see successful innovative farmers in a 400 kilometre radius of Perth. Monsanto subsidised the cost of the trip, which included airfares. Doug McEachern was tour leader of the trip, which was designed to encourage better farming practices. John Sykes, Albury district agronomist with the New South Wales Agriculture Department, attended and said the three things that most impressed were the extent of the salt problem; the professionalism of sheep raising where one man handles mobs of 10,000 to 15,000 sheep; and the very light sandy soils from which farmers are able to crop wheat at two tonnes to the hectare. Attendees were impressed by the Western Australian land care groups, their commitment to improving the environment and to tackling salinity. Mr Sykes said many farmers have farm plans, and had employed landscape architects and hydrologists to come up with plans for their farms as part of a regional planning system.

This article contains two images: a drain alongside a tree plantation; and a group of people looking at a bank designed to combat salinity.

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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: ©1989 Border Mail
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58427
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