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Irrigation Essentials - updated 2012

Research and innovation for Australian irrigators

This report captures the key principles of sustainable irrigation at the farm scale. And is an update including recent research. The NPSI Knowledge Harvest brings together information from across the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (NPSI) projects, highlighting key findings and promoting wider understanding. Key Harvest themes: Irrigation Overview – facts, figures and key concepts (more)...

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Up-skilling Water Managers on Expert Irrigation Systems

Final Report

This project provided for the extension of the Vegetable Irrigation Scheduling System (VISS) to the vegetable industry. The VISS was developed for vegetable growers by the Department of Agriculture and Food of Western Australia (DAFWA), and uses evaporation rates automatically downloaded from local weather stations, plant growth factors and soil type to calculate the irrigation requirements of crops.

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Oxygation

Final report

Oxygation involves mixing atmospheric air with irrigation water using a venturi and delivering it via a surface or subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system. 

Oxygation as a tool delivers air into the crop root zone. Oxygen limitations can be significant in compacted, saline, and water logged soil, and with high BOD effluent irrigation water.

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Vital Role For Australian Irrigation - 2012

Thi fact sheet summarises Australia’s role in global irrigated food production. Australia’s irrigators have a vital role to play in meeting the challenge of global food security in the context of climate change and a growing global population. With population growth and standards of living and diet increasing in some regions, the demand for food will double in coming decades. Irrigation currently provides 40% of world food supplies and is projected to meet 60% (more)...

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Irrigation in Australia - 2012

Irrigated food and fibre production

This fact sheet summarises the use of irrigation in Australia. Irrigation occupies a very small portion of Australia – 5% of tilled agricultural lands – but produces 30% of all agricultural production. Agriculture uses 50-70% of the water consumed in Australia per annum and irrigation uses 90% of that. The vast majority of irrigated water use is controlled by regulations and licences. Irrigators need an authorised allocation to extract specified (more)...

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Knowledge and tools to manage fertigation technologies

in highly productive citrus orchards for minimal environmental footprint

This project aimed to address knowledge gaps and test assumptions regarding the application of modern approaches to the delivery of water and dissolved mineral fertilisers to citrus trees under Australian conditions.

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Guidelines for Fertigating Citrus Orchards

Management update

Managing fertigation systems to achieve good productivity and avoiding fertiliser wastage and loss.

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The effect of changing irrigation strategies on biodiversity

Fact sheet

Irrigation farming has changed significantly in the past 25 years. Policy and climatic changes have seen the amount of water available to irrigators reduced which has driven greater water use efficiency at both farm and regional levels. Research recently completed by CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences aimed to identify likely changes to irrigation practices, the potential implications for native biodiversity in irrigation landscapes, and (more)...

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The effect of changing irrigation strategies on biodiversity

Final report

Here we report on a three year project conducted by CSIRO in collaboration with the Ricegrowers Association who have been conducting an Environmental Champions Program since 2005.

This program aims to assist landholders to improve environmental and economic returns of their farm businesses and also allows them to be recognised for their past, current and future environmental stewardship at an industry level.

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Soil management for Australian irrigated horticulture

Final report

Presented in this report is a new system of orchard soil management that overcomes coalescence. Iit involves planting of rye grass, which produces rhizosheaths of soil around each of its roots to aid development of properties found in the world’s best soils.