Several dry years may have taken growers' minds from the problem of salinity to more immediate concerns, but salinity never sleeps and can't be ignored, the GRDC has warned.
Defeating this scourge of dryland agriculture requires detailed knowledge of the factors driving it on catchments and farms, assessing the effectiveness, costs and benefits of management options and engaging with government and the wider community.
A recent report from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Helping Grain Growers Manage Dryland Salinity compares a management program in the Wallatin-O'Brien catchment in the WA wheatbelt with another in the southern Riverina of NSW.
It finds five elements are essential for an effective response: recognising and owning the problem; accepting the need to change land use or find other options; adequate data and technical support; finding land uses or other options that deliver tangible benefits and obtaining financial help to achieve change.
* The report is available from the GRDC website.