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This handbook integrates the current knowledge of soils in south-western Australia in a user-friendly form. It describes how to assess which soil properties influence production and land degradation in the agricultural area and summarises management options to remedy or minimise soil limitations. The potential for growing a large range of crops and pastures can be assessed. In particular, the links between soil morphology, soil properties, management and agronomy are emphasised. The manual is designed for use at the paddock scale or for site assessment, but it can also be used at a catchment or regional scale. It is specifically designed for rain fed agriculture in south-western Australia but many sections will be relevant elsewhere as the manual works from first principles and does not require prior knowledge of the nature and distribution of soils.

ISBN

0730700577

Publication Date

2001

Series Number

4343

Publisher

Department of Agriculture and Food, WA

City

Perth, WA

Keywords

Soil water, Trace elements, Water repellent soils, Manganese, Soil structure, Soil management Western Australia, Sulfur, Crops and soils Western Australia, Phosphorus fertilizers, Trace element deficiencies, Soil acidity, Waterlogging, Plant nutrition, Soil types, Boron, Soil alkalinity, Soils Western Australia, Iron, Magnesium, Herbicides, Potassium, Zinc, Wind erosion, Water erosion, Soil degradation, Soil properties, Nitrogen, Soil salinity, Soil morphological features, Molybdenum, Copper

Disciplines

Soil Science

Comments

A joint National Landcare and Agriculture Western Australia project.

Soilguide (Soil guide) : a handbook for understanding and managing agricultural soils

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