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Using saline sodic water for irrigation

When: 12 September 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Where: Online webinar
Organiser: NSW DPI

With the ongoing dry conditions affecting the state, groundwater is likely to be a major contributor to irrigation supplies this coming summer. However, unlike fresh surface water, groundwater contains salts.

The application of these salts to soils can lead to problems with both soil salinity and sodicity and may ultimately lead to the loss of productive capacity. Successful use of groundwater therefore requires a greater level of active management and monitoring if paddocks are to remain productive into the longer term.

This talk outlines evidence from over thirty years of research in the southern Murray-Darling Basin that has been used to develop an approach to monitoring and managing soils and water in southern Australia where saline-sodic groundwater is used for irrigation.

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Who is your presenter?

Sam North NSW DPI

Sam North is a Research Hydrologist with NSW Department of Primary Industries based at Deniliquin Research and Advisory Station. His special interests lie in ways of improving the agronomic, hydraulic and operational performance irrigation systems used in rice farming systems.

Sam has also determined benchmarks for profitable use of centre pivot and linear move irrigation; and developed management guidelines for sustainable use of saline-sodic groundwater for irrigation.

Between 2010 and 2014 Sam led research into the salinity tolerance of Australian rice cultivars which has been used to update crop and water management guidelines for groundwater irrigated rice in the Riverina. This work was part of a larger ACIAR funded project looking to improve rice establishment and productivity in Australia and Cambodia.

The information in the webinar is of a general nature. participants are reminded of the need to ensure that information upon which they rely is up-to-date and to check the currency of the information with an independent adviser.


Online webinar