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Increasing the resilience of Eastern Australian irrigated farm businesses

Fact Sheet

This report looks at the experiences from farming systems that used experimental and participatory modelling methods to explore farmer’s opportunities to develop more profitable and less risky irrigated cotton, grains and rice-grains farm businesses.

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Irrigation Channels

Predicting the optimum time to apply monolayers

Evaporation water losses from irrigation channels are an important component of total irrigation system losses and could be as much as 12% in the Goulburn Murray channel network. The effectiveness of monolayers has been widely studied in still water storages. This research project investigated the potential of using chemical monolayers on irrigation channels in order to suppress evaporation.

Resilience of eastern irrigated farm businesses

This power point presentation looks at using land for both cotton and grains to take advantage of land resources and moisture reserves can mean economic and water use efficiency gains.

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Sensor and control system development for autonomous site-specific irrigation

NPSI/IAL Travel Fellowship 2010

The NPSI/IAL Travel Fellowship 2010 aimed to investigate developments toward autonomous site-specific irrigation control systems. Site-specific irrigation systems offer improvements in water use efficiency and crop performance by differentially applying irrigation to the field when and where it is required.

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Guidelines for Managing Soil Structure in Irrigated Vineyards

Update

Good soil structure is essential for healthy, resilient plants because it allows them to develop extensive, active root systems. This promotes efficient use of water and nutrients, encourages biological activity and cushions plants against drought and other hardship.

The general perception of a soil with good structure is that it is well-drained, easy to penetrate and crumbles readily into aggregates of about 1-10 mm that remain intact when they are wet.

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Subsoil structure in irrigated Australian vineyards

Research Bulletin

Good soil structure is essential for healthy, resilient plants because it allows them to develop extensive, active root systems. This promotes efficient use of water and nutrients, encourages biological activity and buffers plants against drought and other hardship. It is a neglected, but vital component of soil fertility.

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Long Term Sustainability of Precision Irrigation - Rootzone

Case Study

This case study looks at maximising water and nutrient penetration into root zones using improved irrigation scheduling.

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Long Term Sustainability of Precision Irrigation - Vineyards

Case Study

This case study looks at improving water use efficiency and earlier flavour ripeness in the vineyard.

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Managing Soil Salinity for Wine Quality Groundwater Irrigated Vineyards

Case Study

This case study looks at root zone and salinity monitoring and the potential impact of seasonal conditions on vineyard production.

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Soil Management for Australian Irrigated Agriculture - Stonefruit

Case Study

This case study looks at the project: Soil Management for Australian Irrigated Agriculture. The project addressed what was seen as the main cause for low productivity: “Australian soils rapidly deteriorate when put under crops – they go hard, then restrict crop roots, yield falls off disastrously and the crops become uneconomic after two years. Soil improvement trials were undertaken on-farm as part of the project.