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Forest gravel soils in focus

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GRDC Western Panel chair Peter Roberts says the new project, starting in July 2016, is focused on forest gravel soils as they are the dominant soil type across about three million hectares of Western Australia's high-rainfall cropping zone... "Gravel contained in the soil can adversely affect the soils' water-holding capacity, acidity, organic matter, root growth, nutrient supply, and the effectiveness of fertiliser and herbicide applications... The project is part of the GRDC's new External Investment Plan 2016-17, which is also exploring crop heat tolerance, weeds, slugs and snails, legumes in low and medium-rainfall zones, education resources, biosecurity, karnal bunt fungal disease, and soil water and nutrients...
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