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Gypsum could be answer for poor soils

(1984) Gypsum could be answer for poor soils. The West Australian, 7 July 1984. p. 57 [Publication] [Special Collections]


The Department of Agriculture's office in Lake Grace is keen to persuade local farmers to use gypsum to improve the stability of their soil. Steve Curtin, a Department office adviser, said that the department tried to prove to farmers of the effectiveness of gypsum and was continually doing tests. Gypsum is a crystalline material that occurs naturally in inland areas of Australia, in particular, in gypsum dunes which occur on the south-eastern edge of most salt lakes. The department has conducted trials since 1965 which have shown that wheat yields have increased by up to 45 percent after being treated with gypsum.

This article contains an image of Department of Agriculture adviser, Steve Curtin examining soil at a trial-site.

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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 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58633
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