Small landholders and soil and water resources

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Managing soil and water resources in a productive and sustainable way is vital.

You can get better production, for longer, by knowing and managing your soil capability and constraints.

There are many benefits to knowing more about your soil. You can:

  • identify soil constraints and plan appropriate treatments
  • assess the capability for growing particular crops
  • avoid land degradation and problems for neighbours and downstream areas
  • match inputs to the production potential of the soil.

Protecting your water supply and using it efficiently can avoid a lot of problems in a drying climate and help to ensure you:

  • always have an adequate domestic supply.
  • maintain livestock, garden and horticultural health
  • avoid the costs of water carting.


Managing wind erosion

Soil acidity on your small property

Soil sampling and testing on a small property



Farm dam

Calculating farm dam water volume

Managing blue-green algae


Livestock water requirements

Livestock water quality


Waterwise irrigation - big benefits for small properties

Small landholders and soil and water resources