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Science Notes - Soil and Land Management

This publication set contains technical guidance on a range of soil and land management issues. Some of the Notes provide an introduction to key soil science concepts in a Queensland context. These documents are regularly updated to reflect best practice knowledge.

Publication and resources

  • Erosion control in cropping landsPDF

    This Science Note provides a brief history of erosion issues in Queensland cropping lands and discusses some key drivers and control measures. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Runoff control measures for erosion control in ...PDF

    This Science Note discusses methods of controlling surface water flows in cropping lands to minimise erosion potential. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Soil limitations to water entryPDF

    This Science Note discusses some soil features that may restrict water from entering the soil and lists some possible management measures. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Soil acidificationPDF

    This Science Note discusses the concept of soil acidification, its causes, impacts, and methods of management. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Understanding soil pHPDF

    This Science Note discusses soil pH in the context of farm management. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Salinity in QueenslandPDF

    This Science Note discusses soil salinity in Queensland, how it occurs, indicators of landscape salinity, and methods of prevention and control. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Managing dryland salinity on your propertyPDF

    This Science Note discusses ways in which landholders can manage dryland salinity issues. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Managing salinity with vegetationPDF

    This Science Note discusses ways of managing landscape salinity with vegetation, including retention of existing vegetation in key areas, planting in problematic areas, and choice of appropriate species. For more information, visit Soil...

  • Managing salinity with engineeringPDF

    This Science Note discusses ways of managing landscape salinity with engineering, including drainage and irrigation methods. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Production from salty landsPDF

    This Science Note discusses management strategies appropriate for agricultural activity in salt-affected landscapes. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Salinity hazard mapping in QueenslandPDF

    This Science Note discusses landscape salinity hazard factors and how they are mapped in Queensland. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Brymaroo catchment salinity case studyPDF

    This Science Note discusses salinity management activities that have been undertaken in the Brymaroo catchment, Southern Queensland. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Acid sulfate soils in QueenslandPDF

    This Science Note discusses acid sulfate soil formation, location, disturbance impacts and management methods. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Identifying acid sulfate soilsPDF

    This Science Note discusses environmental signs of acid sulfate soil occurrence as well as signs of acid sulfate soils disturbance. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Managing acid sulfate soilsPDF

    This Science Note outlines the key principles for successful management of acid sulfate soils disturbance. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Using acid sulfate soil mapsPDF

    This Science Note explains how to read acid sulfate soils mapping produced by the Queensland Government. Acid sulfate soils mapping can be downloaded from Open Data Queensland for use in GIS applications or viewed in the Queensland Globe...

  • Soil compactionPDF

    This Science Note discusses soil compaction - its causes, impacts, and management methods. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Managing for drought in grazing landsPDF

    This Science Note discusses some ways of managing grazing farm systems to minimise the impacts of drought. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Erosion control in grazing landsPDF

    This Science Note discusses some methods of preventing and controlling erosion in grazing lands, as well as methods of rehabilitation. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Deep drainage a problem or an assetPDF

    This Science Note discusses the concept of deep drainage, how it is observed and predicted, and its impacts on agricultural systems and the environment. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Measuring salinityPDF

    This Science Note discusses ways in which salinity is measured in water and soil and how to interpret salinity data. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Controlled traffic farmingPDF

    This Science Note discusses Controlled Traffic Farming, a farm management system that can help minimise soil compaction in vulnerable landscapes. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Maintaining contour banksPDF

    This Science Note discusses ways to effectively maintain established contour banks in agricultural lands. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Contour bank specificationsPDF

    This Science Note outlines design principles for establishing effective contour banks in agricultural systems. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Erosion control on property roads and tracksPDF

    This Science Note discusses construction methods and appropriate placement principles for on-farm roads and tracks. Applying these principles helps reduce erosion and maintenance costs. For more information, visit Soil Management...

  • Erosion control on property roads and tracks - ...PDF

    This Science Note discusses erosion control structures that can be used around on-farm tracks to manage surface runoff and minimise erosion. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Erosion control on fences and firebreaksPDF

    This Science Note discusses design principles for on-farm fences and firebreaks that effectively manage surface water flows and help minimise erosion. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Soil Conservation Waterways - Construction and ...PDF

    This Science Note discusses ways to construct and manage waterways in cultivated lands to effectively manage surface runoff. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Soil conservation waterways - plants for ...PDF

    This Science Note discusses the use of plants to help stabilise soil conservation waterways. These structures are used on farms to manage surface runoff. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Soil conservation waterways planning and designPDF

    This Science Note discusses design principles for constructed waterways on farms, including placement, structure, and capacity. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Gully erosionPDF

    This Science Note describes the reasons why gully erosion can occur in Queensland as well as ways to prevent gullies from forming, and ways to rehabilitate existing gullies. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

  • Soil conservation planning in cropping landsPDF

    This Science Note discusses how soil conservation plans under the Soil Conservation Act 1986 can be made and amended. For more information, visit Soil Management Queensland.

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