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Harvey irrigators have the means to lift efficiency

Conversion from predominantly flood irrigation fed by open channel delivery to modern systems using piped water means major water savings for production in the Harvey district of WA

Irrigators can get clues from space and ground

Information collected by satellites is reliable and likely to play an increasing part in irrigation planning.

Poor soils require new thinking

Ryegrass is an established part of soil improvement strategies for high yields in several Goulburn Valley orchards which began testing a theory presented by a local soil scientist in the 1990s.

Oxygation study aims to lift productivity

Making modern irrigation systems even more productive is one of the aims of a scholarship funded by the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation.

Study seeks a clearer picture of soil salts

A clearer picture of the changing patterns of salt distribution in irrigated soils is being sought through an undergraduate study funded by the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation.

Helping irrigators boost productivity

Efficient and productive irrigation is crucial for Australia.

This was emphasised today by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tony Burke when visiting the Keytah property at Moree, NSW, where he inspected farmer-led irrigation demonstration sites and launched Irrigation Essentials, a publication summarising irrigation research as well as challenges and opportunities.

Rainfed crops hold the ground as irrigation dries up

by Kellie Penfold, GRDC

For farmers in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), a plentiful water supply has for decades guaranteed harvests and allowed them to grow high-value rice crops.

But in recent years water allocations have dried up, mirroring the climate.