Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


M L. Poole


Pastures, Crop establishment, Western Australia

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The value of legume based wheatbelt pastures is so great that considerable care is warranted during their establishment. Without such care patchy establishment or even complete failure is likely to occur.

IN THE WHEATBELT too many farmers still put less effort into their seeding of pasture species than their seeding of crops.

This may be because both compete for the farmer's time in the busy seeding period and it is the cereal crop which possesses the obvious cash value.

However, the total value of a good pasture has to be assessed over a period of several years because of its beneficial effects on soil fertility and erosion, wool production, and the supply of nitrogen to subsequent crops.