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

Authors

Paul Blackwell

Keywords

Soil, Water repellent soils, Soil management, Sandy soils, Western Australia

First Page Number

160

Last Page Number

167

Abstract

The agricultural management of water repellent ( non-wetting) sands is difficult, and production from them is mostly low. However, there are ways to make them more productive.

Furrow sowing and the incorporation of dispersive clay are two likely methods to make these soils easier to manage, more productive and more profitable than they are now.

This article discusses several aspects of our research on water repellent sands. In addition, some of the costs and benefits of alternative management strategies are outlined.

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