Mark’s Farm Tips provide useful farming advice to help take your farm to its full potential — from Sota’s Agronomist & Farming Guru, Mark Crakanthorp.
A good trough is nearly as good an investment as a Sota Kubota! And, just as you would invest time and research into getting the best tractor for your . . . → Read More: Trough Times For Bovine Vandals.
When rehabilitating land that is affected by salinity it is best to first consider your soils and existing vegetation. Some changes can be effected within your soil, especially if it is possible to reduce the amount of salt entering it by select plantings and control of surface water runoff. Your existing vegetation, with careful . . . → Read More: How do I rehabilitate my salt affected land?
Managing dryland salinity successfully requires treatment of both the causes and the symptoms.
Treatment of the symptoms of salinity in a local area requires a targeted and site specific approach.
There are a range of different management options that can be combined to take account of the diverse climate, soils, hydrology and . . . → Read More: What are the benefits of Managing Dryland Salinity?
Unambiguous measurement of soil salinity can only be done on samples in the laboratory.
Typically the chloride (Cl-) concentration on a dry weight basis is taken to be representative. However, sampling is destructive and the chloride content varies both spatially and with time. So, only with a large number of samples taken systematically under . . . → Read More: Can we measure soil salinity change?
To solve salinity and other environmental issues we need to manage whole catchments, not just little parts. One town or one farm upstream can cause problems for others downstream.
The satellite image shows a section of the Murrumbidgee catchment with three of it’s sub-catchments.
Dark green/brown represents areas of remnant vegetation . . . → Read More: Salinity is a Water Catchment issue.
Farmers need to be fully aware of the risk of pesticide contamination of water resources.
Pesticides threaten aquatic ecosystems. Many dangerous pesticides are found in water and sediments; frequently at levels above concentrations lethal to zooplankton, the small aquatic organisms eaten by fish.
Insecticides diazinon and chlorpyrifos and herbicides simazine, diuron, and . . . → Read More: Is my water resource “at risk” from Pesticides?