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SaltDecide

 
 
(Above) The saltland pastures and new saltbush system planted just over a year before at Yealering site used as the control for the first decades research. Producer Chris Walton (left) uses the pasture on a rotational basis, especially at the break of the season when seeding and cold weather begin.

The Future Farm Industries CRC SaltDecide project is developing knowledge and related decision-support tools for landholders wanting to establish best-practice saltland management systems.

Researchers are assessing the degree to which introducing saltland pastures could impact on the environmental condition of specific catchments. The aim is to be able to predict and better manage salinity at the catchment scale.

A paired catchment study was established in 2003 (by the former Salinity CRC) to monitor and compare surface water run-off and salt export from unimproved saltland and saltbush systems.

During seven years of observation, the study revealed that establishing saltbush, together with an improved annual pasture component, dramatically reduced the amount of salt, nutrient and sediment discharged in surface run-off. Both the concentration and mass of these elements in run-off were consistently much lower than from an adjacent unimproved area of saltland. Only one-tenth of the salt was discharged from the improved catchment after the saltbush system was established.

For more information contact project leader, Dr Richard George.

 

Further Information

 
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Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.

This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.

Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.

The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.