Wind erosion

Wind erosion has long been recognised as a major land degradation issue in Western Australia. It involves the detachment, transportation and re-deposition of soil by wind. Productivity is affected by the removal of the most fertile component of the soil from the paddock and through sand-blasting crops. Wind erosion can degrade infrastructure and dust particles can create air pollution. All soils are susceptible to wind erosion, which can be controlled by maintaining ground cover to reduce wind-speed at ground level and minimising soil disturbance. It is important to regularly monitor paddock conditions, especially when land use significantly reduces the amount of ground cover.