Dr Bill Cotching - Soil Management in Tasmania

Soil management and research, Tasmania, Australia

Understanding soils and drainage

Farm drainage notes covers planning, types of drains and maintenance (link)

 

This video examines a simple way for farmers to get a better understanding of their soil profiles and soil moisture. With a better understanding of soil profiles farmers can make more informed decisions about irrigation and drainage and in turn get the opportunity to grow more pasture and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Farm planning for drainage

Getting your drainage design correct at the start of the process is critical. Most importantly, you need to start with a farm plan and then design your drainage into that. Effectively draining your paddocks leads to increased pasture production and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hump and hollow drainage

Hump and hollow is a specific drainage technique used in certain areas. It can be incredibly effective and gives farmers the opportunity to grow more pasture and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Download these notes on hump and hollow drainage (link

 Mole Drainage Installation

 The importance of developing a whole farm drainage master plan before installing mole drains.

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 Mole Drainage Case Study

 Installing mole drains can be an effective way of removing excess water in high clay content soils. Reduced water logging boosts pasture productivity.

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