Improving Direct Seeding for Woody Crops in Temperate Australia – A Review

  • 120 pages

  • Published: 23 Apr 2009

  • Author(s): Carr, David, Bonney, Neville, Huxtable, Dan, Bartle, John

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This JVAP report discusses a commercial or more cost-effective way to revegetate large areas of land to tackle environmental degradation and provide income diversification for farmers. It examines where direct seeding practices could be improved to provide more reliable outcomes on a wider range of sites and with a greater number of species.

Current establishment techniques are expensive and therefore limit the adoption of farm forestry in areas where growth is relatively slow, such as lower rainfall and cold areas. Direct seeding of native vegetation is widely used to economically establish large-scale biologically diverse environmental plantings but could potentially be applied to farm forestry and landscape-scale woody crops, such as oil mallees and biomass plantings. For direct seeding to be applicable to farm forestry and woody crop establishment, it will need to have more reliable germination and survival rates. Improvements in practice are also needed to fully realise the potential of direct seeding for all forms of revegetation on all sites.