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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 […]

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Northern Victoria

 
 
 
Thursday 13 December 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
6 to 12 December 2018

Flood irrigation interval for the last week was 9 days
Spray irrigators needed to have applied on average 32 mm of irrigation water for the week
The predicted weekly pasture water use for the MID in the next week is 36 mm
Lake Glenmaggie is at 72.7

* These figures […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]