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Water repellency has been a hot topic of late, as unfortunately many farmers are facing this problem across some proportion of their farm. H.F. De Wet, a farm consultant representing Meag Soil Consultancy, along with Goomalling grower Damien Leeson, was interested in to determining the most appropriate means to manage sandy, water repellent soils. As H.F says, “The wind erosion risk is increased by the forced delay in sowing, as well as by dry soil patches and poor cover. Also a crop’s water use efficiency is significantly reduced as a result of exacerbated evaporation and runoff”. He therefore applied for some funding through Wheatbelt NRM’s Soil Conservation Incentives Program in 2012 to conduct a farmer demonstration at the Leeson property.

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