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WISALTS column

(1984) WISALTS column. Elders Weekly, 26 April 1984. p. 8 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

An initial problem of some 12 hectares of seepage, and an increase in salt area at the lower end of the slope prompted East Wickepin farmer Don Sutherland into action. And he chose the WISALTS way with a level system installed two years ago. The end of the banks open into the natural watercourse, thus providing the capacity to deal with an overload situation. Of additional interest to the bus tour group (on the Wickepin Branch Field Day last month) was Mr Sutherland's cropping practices: he crops some 75 percent of the farm each year, with a lupin rotation to break the disease cycle, for grass weed control, for nitrogen fixation and for their deep-rooting ability. (Lupin root systems will go down four to five feet in suitable soils.)

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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/58732
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