In Australia, around 5,600 agricultural businesses (or 4% of the total) undertook water logging avoidance practices, covering an area of approximately 712,000 hectares.
The most prevalent water logging avoidance practice was the use of permanent raised beds. Across Australia this practice covered around 337,000 hectares of agricultural land (47% of the water logging avoidance total). Use of slotted pipes, siphons and pumps covered approximately 124,000 hectares (17% of the total).
New South Wales and Queensland were the dominant states that utilised permanent raised beds for water logging avoidance the most. Together, they represented over 78% of the national water logging area total, with New South Wales having 139,000 hectares and Queensland 124,000 hectares.
Most agricultural businesses reporting water logging avoidance practices were in the Wheatbelt East region, with around 1,000 businesses undertaking these practices. Businesses in the Subtropical Coast region reported the next highest number of businesses undertaking water logging avoidance, with 826 businesses.
Permanent raised beds covered around 75,000 hectares in the Wheatbelt North region, and around 69,000 hectares in the Wheatbelt East region. The Wheatbelt North region also had the largest area of slotted pipes siphons and pumps reported, with 36,000 hectares.
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