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


John Bartle


Agroforestry, Eucalyptus, Production possibilities, Cropping systems, Cost analysis, Soil conservation, Land improvement, Western Australia

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Western Australian agriculture is deficient in good perennial species. The traditional segregation of agriculture and forestry has diverted attention from commercial wood producing trees as a potential perennial crop. Recently, scientists have made rapid progress in developing tree cropping systems suitable for extensive use in the wetter (more than 600 mm average annual rainfall) areas of the lower south-west. There is potential for a major industry based on fast-growing eucalypts for pulpwood. The foundations for this industry developed from work on agroforestry, forestry sharefarming and salinity control.