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Dry land Salinity Dry land salinity is a major problem that farmers face throughout parts of Australia Salinity is when salt rises to the surface due to waterlogged ground which cause the water table to rise bring up salt with it Once the salt reaches the grounds surface the soil becomes almost useless to the farmer Yet there is prevention and solutions How to prevent and manage salinity is being taught to farmers This is necessary even in this local area where it is predicted by the year 2050 67 224 hectares of farming land along the MacIntyre will be affected by salinity and an approximately another 30 000 hectares along other main river systems Source of figures George Truman Salinity Officer Department of Land and Water Conservation Barwon Region Speech on Salinity Areas affected at present and predicted to be affected by 2050 Australia wide StateTerritory199820002050 New South Wales181 0001 300 000 Victoria670 0003 110 000 Queenslandnot assessed3 100 000 South Australia390 000600 000 Western Australia4 363 0008 800 000 Tasmania54 00090 000 Total5 658 00017 000 000 The Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory were not included as the dryland salinity problem was considered to be very minor Salinity is managed closely and carefully for researches to find more productive ways to monitor improve and prevent the problem It is estimated that about 30 percent of land is at risk to salinity and while its not possible to restore this land to its original condition in-roads are being made into curbing the impact of salinity both on and off farm So far the best way known for a solution and prevention of dry land salinity on farms is grain-growing In an article written in Productive Solutions to Dry land Salinity It tells us that once native vegetation with deeps root systems is removed water from the he rain leeks through below the root zone of
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