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WISALTS column

(1986) WISALTS column. Elders Weekly, 3 April 1986. p. 6 [Publication] [Special Collections]


"You may hold a title to your farm, but can you hold the land itself? Profitable farming depends upon soil quality as well as total acres". This quote from the Allis Chalmers booklet "Keep Your Farm Out of the Red!" published over 40 years ago is still true today, although we may want to add that profitable farming also depends on government attitudes and actions. The information in the booklet deals with contour lines, grassed waterways and building terraces. Suggesting that these have proved highly valuable in checking erosion and keeping the maximum amount of moisture in the soil where it can be utilised by growing crops to increase production. The methods outlined, were encouraged by the Tennessee Valley Authority to farmers in the valley to use to minimise the erosion there and to improve the growing conditions. Methods here and the US have changed since the 1940's, however some of the basic concepts expressed at the beginning of the booklet still remain true today.

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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: ©1986 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60068
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