Mallee seeps survey for EP farmers – closing soon

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With seeding coming to a close across the EP, you may have noticed some wet areas, boggy patches or seeps in your paddocks while driving the boom spray or airseeder.  If you are a farmer on Eyre Peninsula, and you have (or suspect you have) any Mallee seeps on your property, can you please complete the survey? Thanks very much to those that have completed the survey!!

It takes an average of 7 minutes to complete and is mostly tick box responses.

This information is being compared to a survey conducted by the EP Landscapes Board in 2018/2019, to:

  • see if the extent of Mallee seeps has increased (which we suspect it has)
  • whether people feel they have the right information to manage these areas
  • what further research, development and extension is required to manage Mallee seeps on Eyre Peninsula.

We’d really appreciate you completing this survey!!


What’s a Mallee seep?

A Mallee seep is an area affected by a localised perched water table that brings water and salt to the surface soil layers that can result in surface ponding and bare saline scalding over time.

Mallee seeps generally begin when too much fresh water is present in the soil. The soil saturation leads to salinisation and land degradation if no management actions are taken.

The Eyre Peninsula landscape have developed a range of local resources to help landowners manage mallee seeps, they can be found on the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board website.

In collaboration with Mallee Sustainable Farming and Chris McDonough, an interactive Mallee seeps decision tree was developed to help landowners to identify and manage their seep areas. To access the interactive decision tree visit the Mallee Sustainable Farming website.

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