Water catchment

Researchers are developing new ways of farming to reduce waterlogging and salinity which cost graingrowers more than $90 million every year in lost production. The project is part of the CROC's soil and water management program, aimed at helping growers adopt crop rotations and tree planting systems to use excess water in the soil.

The research work is the first of its kind to investigate the effect trees have on waterlogging, crop production and salinity on WA's duplex soils. It is being carried out on June and Bronte Rundel's farm near Katanning, WA, and also compares the water-using ability of lucerne with subclover and their impact on subsequent crops.