This is welcome news. Inoculated alfalfa seeds will sprout in saline soils and prosper. That alone is important. Other protocols exist to stimulate viable soils as well, but this means that a damaged soil can be turned back into a robust sod that runs deep.
That can feed cattle and the sod can be maintained until the salinity itself has been slowly washed away.
We can stop been quite so fearful in terms of irrigation damage. In fact, actual rotation with an inoculated alfalfa may well help to balance out the damage.
Borrowed bacteria make plants salt-resistant
By Ben Coxworth
August 22, 2019
A close look at one of the salt-resistant alfalfa plants