Early autumn rains make way for vital salinity surveys
16 June 2017
Thanks to early autumn rainfall now is the perfect time for Torrumbarry and Loddon Valley irrigators to survey for salinity levels, an important requirement of the Whole Farm Plan process.
"Surveys can only be done when there is adequate soil moisture which the early autumn rainfall has ensured," Agriculture Victoria Regional Irrigation Manager Craig Dyson said.
"The EM38 (salinity) surveys are available free of charge to eligible irrigators and people are encouraged to apply now," Mr Dyson said.
"Depending on demand there may also be opportunities to re-survey your farm for soil salinity if it has been a long time since your first survey," he said.
Since 1987 more than 235,000 hectares have been Soil Salinity Surveyed in the Torrumbarry and Loddon Valley areas.
"The Soil Salinity Survey will classify the soil on your farm into four salinity classes providing you with valuable information to assist in future management decisions," North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Manager Sustainable Irrigation James Burkitt said.
"While in general soil salinity levels have decreased following the drought, flooding and management improvements made by irrigators, it is still a significant limit to productivity on many of our irrigated soils" Mr Burkitt said.
For further information, please contact Kathy Long at Agriculture Victoria Echuca on (03) 5482 0429 or Tim Robinson at Agriculture Victoria Kerang on (03) 5450 9561.
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