Impact of strategic tillage methods on water infiltration into repellent sands

Stephen Davies, Chad Reynolds, Joanne Walker, Debbie Gilliam, Laura Dorman

GRDC Updates Paper



Deep ripping alone may not overcome topsoil water repellence and improve water infiltration in severely repellent sands. Overcoming soil water repellence through deeper subsoil mixing using a rotary spader or modified oneway disc plough improved water infiltration, the evenness of soil wetting and weed control.