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


Plantagenet soils, Grain production.

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Plantagenet peaty soils - F. E. Ryan

Visitors to the south coast appreciate the colourful bottlebrush growing along the flats and many ask why this land is not used for farming. The reason is that they are part of the Plantagenet peaty sand series and these are problem soil types. These soils are very acid, sandy and peaty, they are poorly drained and may even be under water during the winter months. They contain a mass of fibrous roots in the top 8 to l0in. and this fibrous material will not rot down even when fully cultivated. The sand is greasy and does not wet easily. Even after six inches of rain the soil may have a dry band iin. below the surface even though there is a free water table five inches below.

Higher grain production - H. M. Fisher

There is in evidence at the present time that, in the cereal areas, falls in returns from wool can best be offset by greater emphasis on cereal grain production. This is in fact an expression of the versatile nature of farming in these areas today.