Irrigating Agriculture

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

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Macalister Irrigation District

Macalister ETo Update
6 to 13 February 2019

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 35 mm
Lake Glenmaggie is at 40%

* These figures are […]

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Northern Victoria

Thursday 14 February 2019
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.

The interactive scheduling tool helps you determine the most productive timing for the next irrigation for your unique […]

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 […]

Upgrading to spray irrigation in the Macalister ID

At a glance
Project: Flood to spray conversion
Area: 36 hectares
Soil type: Moderate permeability
Water source: River diversion and reuse system
Production: Significant increase
Stock numbers: Tripled
Project cost: $138,314
Incentives rebate: $12,472
Project cost per hectare: $3,842
Automated: Remotely operated
Manual labour: Significantly reduced
The Farm
Alex and Olivia McArthur from Waverly Pastoral operate a dairy farm in Maffra. They milk […]

Workshop your irrigation, forage and cropping options

Agriculture Victoria is running a series of free workshops as part of the Plan2Farm project that will help participants make tactical decisions around dry seasonal conditions and the upcoming autumn, winter and spring growing period.
Agriculture Victoria Senior Irrigation Officer, Rob O’Connor, said the cross-industry workshops will provide the latest information […]

Managing citrus orchards with less water

To manage citrus orchards with less water requires an understanding of your orchard’s water requirements and the impacts of water stress.  There are a variety of options to consider when managing an orchard with reduced water availability.
When considering these options, careful planning, including the use of a water budget […]

Irrigating in a dry season

In the Macalister Irrigation District, lessons from previous dry seasons have highlighted the need to plan and make early decisions and then monitor and adjust as you go along.
Plan early and consider contingencies
Key points to consider during a dry irrigation season include:
 Do a water budget
Will you have enough irrigation water […]

What to know about Evapotranspiration and how to use it to schedule irrigations

Evapotranspiration provides a relatively objective and reliable estimate of the water requirements of actively growing plants in a farm situation. Evapotranspiration information can be used by irrigators to more accurately schedule irrigations to help achieve top yields and improve water productivity.
What is Evapotranspiration?
Evapotranspiration is an estimate of the loss of […]

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 […]