Establishing various salt tolerant species on salt land areas inaccessible by machinery


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Trial details

Researcher(s) N/A
Year(s) 2017
Contributor North East Farming Futures
Trial location(s) Rothsay Road, WA
Establishing various salt tolerant species on salt land  areas inaccessible by machinery locations

To re-establish plant diversity on salt affected soils on a large farm scale trial using “seeded” clay balls.

Key messages
  • What are host farmers thoughts?

- 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.

  • What is the prospect of clay ball seeding in the future?

- 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
Related program N/A
  • Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC)
  • National Landcare Programme
  • Sparkmans, Logues
  • Oliver Kent (Agronomy)
  • Nindethana Seeds
  • Kalannie Trees
  • Perenjori NACC Staff (Species selection)
  • Yarra Yarra Catchment Council

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Perennial shrubs
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
Trial type Demonstration
Trial design Unreplicated

Rothsay Road 2017

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Rothsay Road, WA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Rothsay Road, WA Kandosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Rothsay Road WA
2017 384.6mm
2016 388.7mm
2015 386.2mm
2014 345.2mm
2013 365.3mm
2012 393.9mm
2011 450.0mm
2010 381.3mm
2009 401.8mm
2008 390.6mm
2007 343.9mm
2006 413.0mm
2005 393.3mm
2004 350.8mm
2003 350.9mm
2002 341.2mm
2001 364.8mm
2000 415.6mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Rothsay Road WA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
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.

Trial report and links

2017 trial report

Trial last modified: 25-06-2019 13:08pm AEST