Phase Faming with Trees – Field validation of the tree phase

  • 33 pages

  • Published: 16 Jan 2008

  • Author(s): Harper, R.J., Robinson, N., S.J. Sochacki,, S.J. Sochacki,

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This report presents the results of a field trial using phase farming with trees, a system designed to grow tree crops in short rotations of 3-5 years to intentionally deplete soil water as a buffer for agriculture in areas prone to dryland salinity. The trial showed that on suitable soils, a short tree phase will deplete soil water sufficiently to allow a subsequent return to agriculture for a 11-20 year rotation. Biomass production from the tree phase was also measured, with a view to emerging biomass energy and biofuel production systems. Some of the technical and policy issues that need resolution before this farming system can be introduced in southern Australia are discussed.