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

Authors

D A. Nicholas

Keywords

Sandy soils, Pastures, Ehrharta calycina, Eragrostis curvula, Hyparrhenia hirta, Cynodon dactylon, Tagasaste

First Page Number

94

Last Page Number

95

Abstract

Although the climate of the swan coastal plain between Perth and Bunbury is suitable for growing a range of pasture species, some soil types greatly limit this range.

Pasture species commonly grown in the South-West, such as subteranean clover and annual ryegrass, can only be grown successfully on the better soils of the coastal plain - the loams, yellow sands and Joel sands. On the freely drained, deep, infertile Gavin sands such species rarely persist because of the soil's poor water holding capacity, and its water repellency and its poor ability to retain nutrients.

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