Land degradation such as wind and water erosion, salinity and acidification can significantly reduce a farm's productive potential and impact the health of neighbouring rivers, wetlands and native vegetation.
Loss of surface soil from erosion has a major impact on productivity through the depletion of soil organic matter and associated soil nutrients. It destroys the surface structure of the soil resulting in surface sealing and compaction. Land Health staff work with farmers to remediate land affected by wind and water erosion, dryland salinity, acidification, compaction and landslips.
Land Health staff provide management advice on land degradations issues such as erosion, salinity and acidification. Information is delivered through farm visits, field days and courses, including soil health workshops grazing and sustainable cropping courses and farm planning sessions.
- Maintaining ground cover levels to maximise productivity whilst minimising soil loss and degradation
- Erosion Management Plans
- Monitoring and addressing dryland salinity
- Matching land use and land capability
- Being better prepared for climate change and the associated natural disasters
- Undertaking works to control the remaining gully, rill and tunnel erosion
- Coordinate strategies for managing landslips in high rainfall areas of the state