Dr Lexie McClymont, Research Scientist from Agriculture Victoria Research, discusses how to use the workbook for irrigation budgeting and seasonal planning.
An irrigation budgeting and seasonal planning tool for pear growers: The workbook enables orchardists in the Goulburn Valley (producers of ~ 85 % of Australia’s pear crop) to calculate monthly irrigation requirements for pears and typical irrigation intervals based on historical weather data and orchard specific tree and irrigation system information. Orchardists can then investigate impacts of different scenarios (e.g. high/low rainfall, application of deficit irrigation, conversion from microjet to drip irrigation) on irrigation requirements. To download the workbook use the link below
The PIPS3 Program’s Developing smarter and sustainable pear orchards to maximise fruit quality, yield and labour efficiency (AP19005) project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the apple and pear research and development levy, contributions from the Australian Government and co-investment from Agriculture Victoria. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.