Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Land holder, Curtin University & Greening Australia
Contact: Fiona Brayshaw
Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website
Start Date: 2014 End Date: 2017
Site ID: SA00344SA1
Area (Ha): 0.7ha
To identify and quantify the soil health benefits of stabilising degraded land on established mixed forage perennial shrub sites through comparison of planted and non-planted sites at each location and comparisons of site age between locations. Also attempt to identify the time after planting that soil benefits will be realised and analyse the micro climate in and around shrubs for correlations between soil health, plant cover, and plant diversity.
Mixed forage shrubs successfully established on farms between 1991 and 2013 will be analysed to determine the impacts of the plantings on soil health, micro climate modification and management options. Measurements will include soil salinity, moisture, temperature, pH, organic carbon, microbial biomass and nutrients; ground cover, plant species composition and estimated feed value. With this information it is anticipated that land owners will be able to better integrate the plantings into their whole farming systems.
Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.