Managing soils

Soil productivity is largely determined by its ability to provide water and nutrients to plants along with the way the soil constraints are being managed by growers. In many instances a particular soil will be constrained by more than one physical or chemical characteristic. In many cases, there are practical and profitable management options to reduce the effects of a constraint, leading to improved yields and profitability. Recognising soil constraints and their potential impact on agricultural systems is difficult, but very important. The department can provide the technical information needed for growers to understand the condition and properties of their soils, and develop management strategies to increase productivity and profitability and improve soil condition.


  • This page lists species commonly found on or near saline land in southern Western Australia. These species can be used as indicators of the level of salinity and waterlogging on the site.

  • It was standing room only when Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development staff attended a discussion on regenerative agriculture presented by third generation farmer and author Char

  • Saline lands in Western Australia (WA) often suffer winter waterlogging, with the levels of salinity and depth to watertable varying markedly both spatially and between seasons.

  • In 2017, the department carried out over 320 trials across the state from Carnarvon in the north to Esperance in the south.

  • This page contains information about managing nutrition in canola crops in Western Australia.

  • 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

  • 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.


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