This collection of content explores the important topic of water and how trees can be used on farms as a tool to improve water efficiency and water quality. When trees are strategically planted alongside other crops, they provide a buffer from evaporation, which improves water efficiency. When planted around streams, trees also improve water quality.
This Evandale Farm is maximising productivity and custodianship through trees03 Dec 2020
Three generations of tree planting on Logan, a family run farm at Evandale, has delivered increased water efficiency, increased lamb survivability, and enhanced farm aesthetics. After two generations of planting, Clare Peltzer explains why she and her brother, Angus, will continue the family tradition of planting trees for the future....
Draft Rural Water Use Strategy18 Nov 2020
The Tasmanian Government recognises the value of water and the opportunities it unlocks for rural and regional Tasmania. Our relative abundance of freshwater supplies in our rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater is one of Tasmania's greatest advantages....
Diversification, protecting the land, and leaving a legacy. How Chris White is growing the future30 Oct 2020
When Chris and Guiliana White bought Willowbend Dairy Farm in Wattle Grove there was barely a tree in sight. The gullies were eroding, there was mud everywhere, the soil was washing away, and there was a lot of undermining in the dispersive soils. They wanted a solution that would retain the gullies as farming area but protect the land for...
A report on the effects of windbreaks on airflow, microclimates and crop yeilds15 Oct 2020
Pye Labratory, CSIRO - H A Cleugh
The mechanisms by which a porous windbreak modifies airflow, microclimates and hence crop yields are addressed, based upon recent wind tunnel experiments, field observations and numerical modelling.
This paper is thus an update to the excellent reviews in Brandle (1988).It shows how a turbulent mixing layer initiated at the top of the windbreak dominates the...
A case study outlining the benefits of trees to reduce paddock water loss15 Oct 2020
Agroforestry is the integration of trees into agricultural enterprises.
The establishment of trees can bring multiple benefits, including a reduction in windspeed across the paddock, which translates to reduced potential evaporation.
Streamside management zones for water quality protection15 Oct 2020
Landscape Logic, Australian Government, Phillip Smethurst, Kevin Petrone - September 2010
Landscape Logic have put together a fact sheet outlining information about how cattle exclusion using a fenced streamside management zone reduced the delivery of sediment, phosphorus and bacteria to a headwater stream.
A report from intergrated forestry on farmland as a management tool in salt-source catches15 Oct 2020
Cooperative Research Centre for Plant-base Management of Dryland Salinity, 2007 - Lisa Robins, Nico Marcar
The document covers the potential of tree plantings for salinity control across Australia.
Integrated forestry is introduced within the document to support the management and establishment of plantation timbers in agricultural landscapes as a tool to help reduce salinity.
A report on the effect of shelter on temperate crops: a review to define research for Australian conditions15 Oct 2020
Department of Agronomy and Farming Systems, University Adelaide, I K Nuberg
The fact that the shelter created by windbreaks can have a significant, positive effect on crop production is supported by eight decades of research from many countries around the world. Although the concept of planting windbreaks to enhance crop production has general currency in Australia, the practice is not as...
Farm-scale sediment sources: Tree harvesting, cattle and roads15 Oct 2020
Landscape Logic, Australian Government, March 2010
Landscape Logic have put together a fact sheet outlining information about the erosion risks and effects associated with a 20 year old plantation of eucalypts in a streamline management zone. These results demonstrate the positive effects which plantation can have on reducing turbidity within streams.
Looking to improve water quality? Plant trees.30 Sep 2020
Dr Philip Smethurst, as a soil and water scientist at the CSIRO, has been studying the effects on water quality of plantation forestry in streamside management zones on Tasmanian farms. His conclusions? If all farmers were using trees for water quality management, drastic improvements to water quality could be made for the greater good. Plantations in riparian zones...