Posts by Timothy Robinson

Managing horticultural crops with less water

Irrigators may be faced with reduced water allocations at some stage in the future. In this situation a range of decisions may need to be made including:

       the purchase of additional water (at a likely elevated value);
       prioritise water onto preferred patches;
       giving other patches reduced volumes with consequent reductions […]

GMID Seasonal determinations and Risk of spill

Determinations
Every season, entitlement holders who hold high and low-reliability water shares receive a percentage of those shares.
The percentage depends on seasonal conditions and the volume of water held in the storage that is available to distribute – this percentage of the shares is called a seasonal determination.
Seasonal determinations are updated […]

Maintaining a drip irrigation system for perennial horticulture

Irrigation systems only operate well if properly maintained. This is especially important for drip irrigation, as it is difficult to detect problems before crop health problems become obvious.
The most common problems with drip irrigation are:

emitter clogging
dripper component deterioration
system pressure mismanagement.

Regular maintenance and monitoring is the best way to identify and […]

Converting mature citrus to drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is a popular method of water application for citrus growers, for both: new developments and  converting established plantings. Converting mature citrus trees to drip irrigation creates a series of challenges that can be overcome if appropriate management practices are adopted.
Where an established orchard is converted to drip, […]

What to know about Soil Moisture Monitoring

Soil Moisture Monitoring (SMM) devices provide information about the water status of soil. This information can be used to help you achieve top yields and maximise productivity from your water by being better able to plan when to irrigate and apply the right amount of water. SMM devices provide an […]

Incentives for Irrigation Whole Farm Plans – Goulburn Broken

Funding is currently available for irrigators to develop a new, or update an existing, whole farm plan within the Shepparton Irrigation Region.
“With all the changes happening in irrigation technology and delivery, the need for a whole farm plan is more relevant than ever before,’’ Goulburn Broken CMA Sustainable Irrigation […]

Agriculture Victoria Irrigation resources

Pipes and Risers

Irrigation is the artificial application of water to land for the purpose of agricultural production. Effective irrigation will influence the entire growth process from seedbed preparation, germination, root growth, nutrient utilisation, plant growth and regrowth, yield and quality.
The key to maximising irrigation efforts is uniformity. The producer has a lot […]

Irrigation Whole Farm Plans

Whole Farm Plan design

A Whole Farm Plan (WFP) shows a farm design for the whole property to enable efficient management of irrigation water and farm drainage. A WFP includes a contour survey of the existing farm layout and infrastructure and a detailed design of the new or upgraded irrigation system.
Preparing a Whole Farm […]

Incentives for Irrigation Whole Farm Plans – North Central

In the Loddon Campaspe Irrigation Region (LCIR), Whole Farm Plan incentives are delivered under the North Central Catchment Management Authority’s LCIR Land and Water Management Plan (L&WMP). The LCIR includes the towns and surrounding districts of Swan Hill, Kerang, Boort, Pyramid Hill, Cohuna, Leitchville, Gunbower, Echuca, Rochester, Koondrook and Lockington.
Key […]