SA01WB-02 Site selection layout & drainage | SA05WB-02: Management erosion and sedimentation

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Research Site/Demonstration Number: SA01WB-02 and SA05WB-02
Grower Collaborator: Littabella Pines
Location 2: South Littabella Road, Yandaran
Start Date: April 2019


PHASE 1

OUTLINE

To evaluate the use of aerial imagery, topographic maps and/or in-field surveying to establish better layout of pineapple blocks incorporating contour drains and other erosion management practices to mitigate off-farm deposition in moderate to heavy soil types.


OBJECTIVES

  1. To compare the different methodologies of implementing better farm layout practices using aerial imagery, topographic maps and/or in field surveying.
  2. To reduce off farm deposition of moderate to highly erosible soil types.
  3. To improve surface water flow and soil drainage reducing key pest issues such as Phytophthora root rot.
  4. To increase yield in plant and ratoon crops.
  5. To identify additional advantages to keeping soil in-field and positive effects on cost of production.

PHASE 2

OUTLINE

To evaluate the benefits of different erosion products and practices in-field and out-field to manage surface and subsurface off-farm deposition in low to medium textured soil types and slopes.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To improve the methodologies of implementing better surface and sub-surface erosion practices.
  2. To evaluate different anti-erosion products and their impact on mitigating soil erosion.
  3. To identify additional advantages to maintaining soil in-field and positive effects on cost of production.
  4. To evaluate methodologies for capturing, managing and treating surface water to reduce the loss of soil, pesticides and nutrients.

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