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Potato farmers losing soil

(1984) Potato farmers losing soil. Elders Weekly, 28 June 1984. p. 10 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Some potato farmers in the Donnybrook area have lost between 140 and 170 tonnes of soil per hectare in the last year. Dr G.A. Robertson, commissioner of Soil Conservation, said that the 1983 winter had been particularly bad for soil erosion, and, "if losses of this level continue, the soil will lose its productive capability in a very short period". A report published by the Department of Agriculture research officer, Don McFarlane, assessed the amount of soil erosion in 18 potato crops in the Donnybrook area last year. The Department of Agriculture has applied to the National Soil Conservation Programme for funding for further research and solutions.

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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 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58636
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