Claying in the Avon

to Halbury District

State NRM Community Project 2012-13
Halbury-Whitwarta Agricultural Bureau

The deep sand sites chosen by members required a clay spreading machine. The nearest available machine was sought from a Bordertown contractor. Contractor delays reduced the amount that could be spread and also prevented the adequate incorporation of the clay material into the sand prior to seeding. Four sites were established over approximately 50 hectares. The main demonstration area utilised four clay pits with varying degrees of clay content to achieve the area spread. This provided an extra component to the project as to demonstrate varying degrees of clay content, application rate and location of suitable clay material. A spader machine was trialed at two sites to demonstrate an alternative incorporation technique. Two field walks were conducted as planned.