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WISALTS open day for farmers

(1985) WISALTS open day for farmers. The Countryman, 21 February 1985. [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

The sealing of an interceptor bank with heavy duty polythene sheeting to stop leaking was one of the techniques demonstrated at a special WISALTS open field day at the WISALTS Trial Site on the property of Jim Erskine at Denbarker on 14 February. The technique is still experimental, but is regarded as a possible solution to this problem. In August 1984, local farmers inspected the Erskine's two properties and two interceptor banks that has been constructed to counter waterlogging and spreading salt scald. This open day was to show farmers the work in progress. The heavy duty polythene was inserted at points in the two banks were leaks have occurred. Follow up open days will be held on the property, possibly in September-October so those who inspected the property in August last year can observe any apparent physical changes. A number of farmers in the Plantagent area have shown interest in the WISALTS concept but have adopted a wait and see attitude. The Erskine project is the WISALTS response to the need for more information on how interceptor banks will work in the area.

This article contains three images: James Erskine and WISALTS president Lex Hardie; a group of people watching heavy duty polythene being inserted into a trench; and Harry Whittington explaining the construction method being used to build five interceptor banks on the Erskine property.

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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 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59528
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