Irrigating Agriculture

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Northern Victoria

 
 
 
Thursday 15 November 2018
Weekly Irrigation Requirement$ Summary – Driving Water Productivity
This update provides ‘reference evapotranspiration’ (ETo) information to assist with improved irrigation scheduling for top yields and high water productivity.
Irrigation scheduling tool
This interactive scheduling tool (Ctrl click, then click on the Excel icon that appears on the bottom left of […]

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Macalister Irrigation District

Macalister ETo Update
8 to 14 November 2018

Flood irrigation interval for the last week was 10 days
Spray irrigators needed to have applied on average 28 mm of irrigation water for the week
The predicted weekly pasture water use for the MID in the next week is 36 mm

* These figures are approximate and […]

Top irrigation links!

This page shows ‘hot links’ that provide valuable and popular information for irrigators and the broader irrigation community in northern Vic, southern NSW and Gippsland

Upcoming irrigation water availability
Nowadays, irrigation water availability and price, is influenced not only by the water allocation in your district, but by water allocations in other […]

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Mallee

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Driving Water Productivity
This update provides ‘reference evapotranspiration’ (ETo) data to assist with improved irrigation scheduling for top growth rates and yields for the Mallee region.
ETo graph and readings to week ending 02/09/2018*

 
What is Potential Evaporanspiration?
Potential evapotranspiration is calculated from a number of other measurements such as […]

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – North East Victoria

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – North East Victoria
This update provides ‘reference evapotranspiration’ (ETo) data to assist with improved irrigation scheduling for top yields and high water productivity.Note: To convert mm to megalitres /ha, divide by 100. Eg. 50mm = 0.5ML /ha
 

What is Potential Evaporanspiration?
Potential evapotranspiration is calculated from a number of other […]

Shallow surface drainage improves the performance of border-check irrigation systems

Waterlogging and poor irrigation uniformity can limit the yield potential of border-check irrigation systems. In northern Victoria where border-check is the main irrigation system used, soils have very low infiltration rates. As a result, excess water applied to an irrigation bay drains very slowly to the foot of the bay. […]

Dry Seasonal Conditions workshops – September 2018

Free workshops presented in September by Agriculture Victoria and Plan2Farm provided the latest on seasonal settings and outlooks and an opportunity to discuss some tactical farm decisions under the current dry conditions.
If you were unable to attend the workshops or you want to revisit any of the content you […]

Renewables and Irrigation Webinar – What works and when? On and off grid systems

Agricultural research economists, Janine Powell and Jon Welsh (both AgEcon) share their findings about how and when incorporating renewable energy technologies and irrigation storage stack up.
Janine and Jon first began investigating the feasibility of renewable energy and irrigation in 2014 during the Department of Agricultures’ Carbon Farming Futures program and […]

Calculating Readily Available Water at the Macalister Irrigation Farm

A soil pit was recently dug at the Macalister Demonstration Farm (MDF) to better understand the Readily Available Water (RAW) content of the farm. RAW is the approximate amount of water measured in millimetres, held in the soil that is easily available to plants.
This water can be used by plants […]

Making sure you are ready for irrigation – maintenance tips

Due to the dry conditions experienced in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID), irrigation has started earlier, and perhaps may finish later than normal, so it is important to ensure your system is operating as efficiently as possible.
This will maximise the amount of grass or pasture you can grow and reduce […]