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Seeking sustainability – an example from Australian agriculture

Seeking sustainability – an example from Australian agriculture
Ross H Macmillan, March 2016

 

 

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Ross Macmillian is a Senior Fellow in Agricultural Engineering, University of Melbourne and a Fellow of ISCAST.
 

Abstract

Methods of 'conservation agriculture' have recently been adopted in all areas of the Australian cereal industry. This development, which involves 'zero' tillage and the use of stubble mulching of seed beds has increased yield, particularly by the more effective use of water. In these and other ways the industry is following a sustainable and productive path as it seeks to meet the rising local and world demand for grain.

 

Key words

Australian agriculture, conservation agriculture, sustainability, wheat yield, soil cultivation, water use.

 

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