Special Collections at Murdoch University

Special Collections at Murdoch University

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Protecting the soil

(1985) Protecting the soil. Elders Weekly, 28 March 1985. p. 114 [Publication] [Special Collections]


A growing number of farmers in Western Australia and nationwide are experiencing difficulty in keeping their farms profitable. The cost price spiral is causing producers to squeeze the maximum return from their properties even though these measures may prove costly long term. Degradation problems have come about because of a lack of knowledge and misunderstanding from the early days of agriculture in Australia. WISALTS believe a concerted effort by world scientists is needed to combat the rapidly increasing degradation, and say management practices must be developed to cover all aspects of soil conservation with additional research into new crops and pastures. The main areas of concern include reduced pasture production, reduced grain yields, leaching of nutrients from light and heavy soils, pests and diseases, wind erosion as well as a lack of co-operation between farmers, scientists and others working in the field.

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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: ©1985 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59396
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