The West Wimmera Shire is a major regional shire located along the Victorian/South Australian border. The shire is predominantly rural based with broadacre cropping, mixed farming and grazing as the major agricultural industries. Other industries such as clover seed production and potatoes have developed, using groundwater as an irrigation source.
The West Wimmera Shire (external link) in conjunction with Business Victoria (external link) commissioned the former Department of Natural Resources and Environment to identify suitable areas for new agricultural enterprises.
This report conducted by N M Baxter, J R Williamson & A J Brown of the former Department of Natural Resources & Environment of Agricultural and Horticultural Land Suitability for the West Wimmera Shire, completed in 1997, brings together broad information on the land, soil, climate and groundwater resources, and links this with known information on the preferred growth requirements of a range of crops and pastures to identify areas that are suitable for growth. The suitability assessment for a crop/pasture is based on best management practices. The suitability classification (1-3) is based on major limitations that will decrease productive potential or result in detrimental environmental effects both on-site and offsite.
Related report: Agricultural and Horticultural Land Suitability for the West Wimmera Shire Volume 2
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