Special Collections at Murdoch University

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Alec meets salting problem head-on

Alec meets salting problem head-on. The North Eastern Farmer, [Publication] [Special Collections]


Alec Martin's story of his own private battle with dryland salting begins in a wet patch at the bottom of what had been one of the best paddocks on his 2,000 acre farm at Tatong in Victoria. in 1974 the pasture began to decline in that area, and the trees in the road reserve nearby were dying. Experts quickly diagnosed a salt problem, and on their advice Alec fenced off the area and planted trees and salt tolerant grasses. Alec looked for new solutions, and believes he has found them in the WISALTS approach to dryland salinity. WISALTS use water diviners to detect underground water channels and construct their banks so they cannot discharge into them. They are currently testing the use of plastic sheeting to improve the permeability of their channels.

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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: ©The North Eastern Farmer
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59656
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