Category: Farm Planning

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aspects to consider when choosing an irrigation system for horticulture

Irrigation system selection is an important aspect of setting up or upgrading horticultural enterprises. There are many different types of irrigation systems available, and in many cases there is no single best solution for any given situation.
Each irrigation system type has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the situation, […]

Soil Salinity Surveys on offer for North Central irrigators

Winter presents the perfect time for Torrumbarry and Loddon Valley irrigators in the GMID to conduct surveys for soil salinity levels, an important requirement of the Whole Farm Planning process. Surveys can only be undertaken when adequate soil moisture is available. Surveys are available free of charge for eligible irrigators.
Almost […]

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 […]