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Salinity controls attacked

Hoy, A. (1987) Salinity controls attacked. Grain Grower, 26 September 1987. [Publication] [Special Collections]


A Victorian farmer pioneering the Western Australian WISALTS salinity control program in Victoria has used the Henty Machinery Field Days to launch a stinging attack on the salinity control effort of Government departments and researchers. Benalla farmer Alec Martin said he and other landholders interested in the WISALTS control program had 'found it expedient' to import scientists from overseas to assist in the program because they cannot get any Australian interest - apart from some assistance from Chamberlain John Deere and the Victorian Grain Handling Authority. The main principle of the WISALTS process is to put interceptor banks on rising ground to stop waterlogging on the flat; digging a trench across the paddock on the contour to a depth of three feet, with the tops of the walls five feet above ground level. The Martins became interested in the WISALTS method after seeing a Western Australian farmer put in miles of the banks and pay off the capital cost of the work with the financial benefit gained in the first year after installation.

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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: ©1987 Grain Grower
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60531
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