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Phase Farming with Trees: A report for the RIRDC/LWRRDC/FWPRDC Joint Venture Agroforestry Program

Harper, R.J.ORCID: 0000-0003-0268-2917, Hatton, T.J., Crombie, D.S., Dawes, W.R., Abbott, L.K., Challen, R.P. and House, C. (2000) Phase Farming with Trees: A report for the RIRDC/LWRRDC/FWPRDC Joint Venture Agroforestry Program. RIRDC

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Abstract

A scoping study was undertaken to determine the economic and biophysical feasibility of a proposal to research a system of phase farming with trees (PFT) in medium to low (300-600 mm) rainfall areas of southern Australia. This system is designed to use trees grown in very short term rotations (3-5 years) to rapidly de-water farming catchments, at risk of salinity, by depleting unsaturated stored soil water and reducing recharge while producing utilizable products. If feasible, the system will utilize a resource that is currently contributing to environmental problems while building more sustainable agricultural systems. Potential benefits include decreased salinization, improved farm cash flows, improved soil structure and acting as a disease and weed break...

Item Type: Report
Series Name: RIRDC Publication No. 00/48
Publisher: RIRDC
Copyright: © 2000 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/63727
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