|Contributor||North East Farming Futures|
Rothsay Road, WA
To re-establish plant diversity on salt affected soils on a large farm scale trial using “seeded” clay balls.
- The trial gave the Sparkman’s the knowledge that this method of regenerating salt land pastures was not effective and that clay seed ball dispersal by air would not be feasibly.
- How are farmers going to plant in these areas in the future?
- With less salt affected sites the clay seed ball method could work. The clay seed ball seeds germinated under Greenhouse conditions so that there is a possibility of germination in more favourable conditions.
- Clay ball seeding has been effectively used in the MurrayDarling river system pre the 2000 drought (ABC Landline story) and near Geraldton to grow Tagasaste on non wetting soils (personal communication - RH Logue).
- However the clay seed ball method may work with less salt affected sites.
This trial showed that regenerating salt land pastures by this method was not effective on the harsh sites at the Sparkman property.
|Lead research organisation||
North East Farming Futures
|Host research organisation||N/A|
|Trial funding source||NLP|
|Other trial partners||Not specified|
|Sow date||Not specified|
|Harvest date||Not specified|
|Plot size||Not specified|
|Plot replication||Not specified|
SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.