Shorter fact sheets and brief information packages.
Water Smart Cotton and Grains is a water use efficiency project that improved knowledge transfer and built capacity within these industries to adopt best irrigation practice.
It followed on from the achievements of the ‘Knowledge Management in Irrigated Cotton and Grains’ and ‘Advancing Water Management in NSW’ projects to further improve water use efficiency within the cotton and grains industries.
This flyer also has a checklist for Irrigators who can use it to assess their performance.
Optimising delivery and benefits of aerated irrigation water
Oxygation involves mixing atmospheric air with irrigation water using a venturi and delivering it via a surface or subsurface drip irrigation system.
Increasing competition on supply of fresh water for irrigation by agricultural, domestic, sports and industrial users demands water use efficient irrigation methods and compliance with environmental regulations.
This fact sheet outlines the approaches to fertigation, equipment used and links to more information on citrus fertigation.
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)...
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)...
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)...
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.
Storage dam evaporation control
Shade structures in general are suspended above the water surface using cables.
Pressure sensitive transducers (PSTs) can be used to precisely measure water depth and therefore accurately determine the seepage and evaporation losses from water storages.