Prospects for Australian emerging industries
Emerging industries play an important role in the Australian agricultural landscape, contributing to the national economy and helping meet changing global demand. This prospectus is...
Published: 1 Dec 2002
Author(s): Polglase, P.J., et al
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This report describes results from a three-year trial in young eucalypts irrigated with fresh water near Deniliquin in south-western NSW. The area is characterised by a long history of irrigated agriculture, and as a consequence the mostly saline watertables have risen often to within 3 m of the soil surface. Through a variety of avenues, tree plantations are increasingly being established in the region for on-farm diversification, to generate a commercial wood product, and for environmental benefit.
This research has shown that given appropriate site selection and management practices, tree plantations can be established to:
? Minimise both the volume of irrigation water applied and the proportion wasted to groundwater;
? Maximise groundwater uptake; and
? Grow wood at fast rates.