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

Authors

Judy Tisdall

Keywords

Stubble, Soil organic matter, Soil biology, Soil fertility

First Page Number

18

Last Page Number

21

Abstract

Cereal yields have not increased greatly in Australia over the past 30 years and they are still only about half the potential determined by rainfall. One of the reasons for these low yields is our fragile soils, worsened by traditional systems of tillage and the burning of stubble. These systems reduce the levels of organic matter and biological activity in soil

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