Another environmental problem in the wheatbelt is that of spreading salinity, soil that become crusted with salt and often waterlogged, become useless for crops or stock use. It is caused by the removal of native vegetation in the past, replacing it by short rooted seasonal crops. As these crops do not use as much water in the soil as native trees, water levels rise, bringing with it salt that has remained in the soil for thousands of years.
This is where the stubble often ends up, blown onto someones fence, resulting in the entire fence falling over. This fence was right next to the road, which was dangerous as stock could wander onto the road.
The month this picture was taken, a drought had been affecting the wheatbelt area for 4 years. It caused problems such as no water for stock, dust storms, top soil erosion and wheat stubble meant for sheep food being blown off paddocks. This picture is of a paddock that has had all its stubble blown away.
Theres nothing like cooling off in a dam during a hot dry summers day in the country...
You often also get yabbies living in these dams, though I havnt seen any at the farm I stayed on.
When this picture was taken (January 2003) The dams had been completely dry for 2 and a half years.
Nothing beats swimming in the dam on a hot day, except maybe...
splattering yourself with cold mud, yeh!
(ok there is not a lot of exciting things to do in the country).