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Engineering for precise irrigation is fellowship winner’s interest

Developments in spatial sensing for precise application of water is a key interest of this year’s Irrigation Australia travel fellowship winner Alison McCarthy.

Irrigation efficiency benchmarks develop

Production per unit of water, whether bales of cotton or tonnes of grain, may become a useful assessment of irrigation efficiency for individuals as well as whole industries.

Big irrigation advances depend on local action

Further improvement in water use efficiency is possible but progress will be incremental, relying on local commitment to change.

This is the view of Peter Toome, Chairman of Irrigation Australia, the peak irrigation industry body which accommodates primary production, water authority, engineering and design, educational and retail sectors.

Flow-on effects from irrigation research

Irrigators continue to improve their water use efficiency and productivity.

Through collaborative investments in irrigation research, the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (NPSI) is helping Australia find ways of saving water and using this limited resource in a sustainable and productive manner.

Opportunity for Australia in Travel Youth Fellowship

In September 2008 Matt Shanahan was awarded the Irrigation Australia Limited/National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (IAL/NPSI) Travel Youth Fellowship. The focus of Matt’s fellowship was the sustainable use of recycled water for irrigated agriculture.

Irrigators prepare for multiple challenges

The effects of climate change and the prospect of greater regulation over water use will mean irrigators need update their knowledge so they can make the right decisions now and to plan for the future.

Vegetable irrigation ideas are extended

Wider adoption of a vegetable irrigation scheduling tool developed in Western Australia is being made possible by the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation.