Western Australia’s agriculture sector needs access to quality soil that can sustain long-term productivity and growth. The department is leading the way in developing management practices to maximise soil productivity and minimise land degradation. The department also provides technical information on managing soil constraints, including acidity, water repellence, subsoil compaction, erosion along with nutrient management. We also support agriculture through soil and land condition monitoring, condition assessment and providing management strategies and tools to improve soil condition.


  • A digital soil quality book series digs up soils information and data from across the state, providing real world context to some of the science underpinning management of soils, making the ebook a

  • Soil constraints cost growers in Western Australia in excess of $1.6 billion annually in lost production with most of the soils in our grain growing area being affected by one or more soil constrai

  • This page provides a list of soils tools the department has developed, provided input to or supports in order to help our clients make more informed decisions.

  • Establishing common guidance runlines for all machinery operations will help minimise compaction and assist collecting good quality data for precision agriculture applications such as yield mapping

  • Soil aggregate stability refers to the ability for a soil to regulate the movement and storage of air and water throughout the soil profile which is determined by the soil make up of sand, silt and

  • In September 2017, six department research officers presented at the biennial Australian Agronomy Conference in Ballarat, Victoria.

  • Soil sampling and testing is an essential part of making good fertiliser decisions.

  • Achieving good plant establishment after soil renovation can be challenging depending on the resulting soil surface conditions.

  • This page explains the terms and importance of soil structure (aggregate stability), cation exchange capacity, calcium to magnesium ratio and exchangeable sodium percentage.

  • Dispersive soils are common in the agricultural area of Western Australia where they occur mainly as duplex or gradational profiles.


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