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

Authors

Kevin Bligh

Keywords

No-tillage, Water erosion, Soil conservation, Loam soils, Erosion control, Earthworms, Western Australia

First Page Number

47

Last Page Number

50

Abstract

No-tillage sowing places seed and fertiliser in the soil without loosening all of the topsoil. Soil is cultivated only in the sown rows, leaving the inter-row areas largely undisturbed.

No-tillage sowing reduces both wind and water erosion. Soil structure is generally improved, and pasture regeneration is increased because seed is not buried too deeply for re-establishment.

Two long-term trials were establis_hed on loamy soils to determine effects of tillage and cropping on runoff and soil loss.

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