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Water for Every Farm - Yeomans Keyline Plan by [Yeomans, Ken B., Yeomans, P.A.(dec.)]
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This is the Kindle edition of the paperback book available at both www.createspace.com/3343469 & www.amazon.com/dp/1438225784/

This is the first Yeomans Keyline book published outside Australia and it details the principles, techniques and systems for sustainable development of rural and urban landscapes.

One of the primary objectives of Keyline planning is to enhance the swift development of deep biologically fertile soil, i.e. living soil, in a systematically designed landscape. Developing and deepening biological soil fertility will rebuild the soil structure and reduce the damaging effects of excessive storm-water runoff, which exacerbates erosion and infrastructure damage.

This book reveals how Keyline is the natural way to defeat the menace of soil erosion and salinity by healing the primary causes of soil erosion that are declining soil fertility and excessive stormwater runoff. The bio-adsorption of salinity and the long term storage of atmospheric carbon in the soil as humus are simply incidental benefits of Keyline.

This book reveals the Keyline methods to systematically convert subsoil into living topsoil. It explains the Keyline management techniques to resuscitate topsoil quickly so that the soil’s aerobic organisms are enabled to easily move down into the subsoil, spreading biological fertility and the resulting humus into the sub-soil below and so increasing the structural stability of the landscape.

This book will show you how to produce soil better than exists in the untended supposedly natural state.

Learn about Keyline pattern cultivation; a technique to achieve an exaggerated contour ripping pattern in undulating country. It causes the low points of the contour rip marks to occur in the centre area of the ridge shapes. The high points of the rip marks are in the centre of the adjoining valleys. Rainfall is of course rapidly adsorbed into the loosened soil. When runoff does eventually occur it tends to hang on the ridge shapes longer. This is a nice effect, considering ridges are normally dryer and harder than the adjacent valley shapes. The valleys benefit too from this pattern of cultivation because they don’t receive runoff during storm events till much further down where they are naturally flatter and more stable.
Keyline pattern cultivation is unique in this water spreading effect. All other common patterns of cultivation will somewhere cause runoff water to arrive in the valley shapes higher than would occur naturally. Keyline pattern cultivation is so effective for surface water control that it has enabled the rapid flood irrigation of gently undulating land without the need for terracing.

Whilst deep biologically fertile soil in a well-designed landscape was P.A. Yeomans’ goal, it was his development of the Keyline Scale of Permanence that provided the priority guide for planning the various factors of broad scale landscape planning and development. The correct planning priorities order is key to achieving optimum results.

On fully developed Keylined properties the vistas are of lakes with water birds; roads that climb along the ridge lines and follow level paths beside contour channels that are also adjacent to stepped contoured tree belts that shelter healthy crops and green pasture growing in deep, dark, biologically fertile soil.
No wonder this book is a recommended text for Permaculture students and natural farming enthusiasts worldwide.

This book includes updated selections and information; from the original P.A. Yeomans books:- The Keyline Plan (1954); The Challenge of Landscape (1958); (Water for Every Farm (1964 and 2nd edition 1968) and The City Forest (1971).
Keyline Designs is at www.keyline.com.au

About the Author

Biography: PERCIVAL ALFRED YEOMANS or "P.A" as he became known to all, changed Australian agriculture and the thinking and methods of the agricultural community. He was born in Harden N.S.W. in 1905, eldest son of a family of four. In 1928 he married Rita Irene May Barnes, also of Harden. They had three children; Neville in 1928, Allan in 1931 and Ken in 1947. Rita Yeomans died in 1964. Death duties forced the sale of the two original Keyline properties near Sydney. In 1966, "P. A" married Jane Radek. They had two daughters, Julie and Wendy. He designed and built equipment to deeply loosen soil without bringing up the subsoil. This equipment was the first rigid tyned vibrating sub-soil cultivating ripper for use with farm tractors. It is many times more efficient than a chisel plow, and is able to loosen more soil to a greater depth using less tractor power. The Prince Philip Design Award officially recognised the breakthrough success of this equipment in 1974 when P. A. Yeomans Pty Ltd received this coveted award for the Bunyip Slipper Imp with Shakaerator. P. A. Yeomans devoted much of his latter life time to consulting, advising and lecturing on Keyline planning for which he has received requests from many parts of the world. P. A. Yeomans passed away, aged 79 years, in November 1984. Biography - KEN B. YEOMANS H.D.A.. Ken was born in Sydney, as the youngest son of P. A. Yeomans. Ken graduated from Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Richmond N.S.W. in 1969 with a Hawkesbury Diploma of Agriculture (H.D.A.). Ken Yeomans was a foundation member of the Agricultural Technologists of Australasia and is a member of the Irrigation Association of Australia and the Biological Farmers of Australia. Ken has a consulting practice in property design and development in S-E Queensland. His services include the site selection, survey and plan preparation of earthworks for large farm dams and Keyline gravity irrigation systems as well as assessing and making recommendations on; rebuilding the living fertility of soil, grazing management, cultivation practices, cropping programs and subdivision design. Throughout the states of Australia and overseas, for clients with land holdings ranging in size from under four hectares to over four hundred thousand hectares, Ken Yeomans has applied his knowledge and experience of Keyline on family farms, multiple occupancy communities and rural holdings of large corporations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5434 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Keyline Designs; 4th edition of this book since 1993. edition (3 June 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00557Z0OE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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