Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

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Water erosion control


Western Australia, Soil, Water erosion, Soil erosion

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Although soil erosion caused by water action is common in our agricultural areas, effective erosion control measures, likely to pay for themselves quickly, can be applied in nearly every case. Plant cover above the soil surface, and fertile soil with good structures are the main factors which enable soils to resist erosion. Dense pasture gives the best cover and at the same time improves the fertility and structure of the soil both effectively and economically, so land management adjusted to the need and capability of soils, slopes and climate is of first importance. Contour practices are of secondary value and are used where needed to support suitable farming methods, thus the care of the soil is essentially in the hands of the farmer.

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