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Waterlogging causes significant reductions in plant growth in some years and some environments in the high rainfall (greater than 600mm annual rainfall) areas of South West Western Australia.
Claying involves adding and incorporating clay-rich subsoil into water repellent topsoil to overcome the repellence.
Waterlogging is a common problem in the agricultural soils of south-west Western Australia in the wetter months of winter.
Harvesting crops on raised beds differs from harvesting on normal seedbeds only in terms of the constraints imposed by tracking the harvesting equipment in furrows if so desired.
The use of no-till crop establishment practice is essential for farming raised beds. Cultivation is likely to degrade the bed and furrow construction.
Stubble management on raised beds should specifically be focussed on reducing the build-up of stubble in the furrows.
The costs of installing a system of raised beds should be recovered through a cropping program.
The machinery needed to crop raised beds requires only one additional, specialised implement—a bedformer, which also converts to a bed-renovator.