Topic: MID

Centre Pivot/Lateral Move – 2 day workshop – Maffra

Centre pivots and lateral moves (CPLM) have the potential to offer greater control and flexibility of irrigation management. Growers are seeing the many possible advantages for their businesses including potential yield improvements, reduced labour, more control of soil moisture as well as possible fertigation potential.
Learning outcomes:

On the completion of this […]

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Macalister Irrigation District

Macalister ETo Update
12 to 17 October 2018

Flood irrigation interval for the last week was 11 days
· Spray irrigators needed to have applied on average 24 mm of irrigation water for the week
· The predicted weekly pasture water use for the MID in the next week is 27 mm

* These figures are […]

Field day – Reuse systems and upgraded flood irrigation – Denison

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Wednesday 17 October 2018
10.45am – 1.30pm
Zane & Burnie Carnachan – Wai Nui Farms
616 Sale-Toongabbie Rd, Denison
Zane and Bernie have been working towards upgrading their on-farm irrigation infrastructure since moving on to the farm. They’ve installed a reuse system servicing 130ha and converted 63ha to best practice high […]

Calculating Readily Available Water at the Macalister Irrigation Farm

A soil pit was recently dug at the Macalister Demonstration Farm (MDF) to better understand the Readily Available Water (RAW) content of the farm. RAW is the approximate amount of water measured in millimetres, held in the soil that is easily available to plants.
This water can be used by plants […]

Making sure you are ready for irrigation – maintenance tips

Due to the dry conditions experienced in the Macalister Irrigation District (MID), irrigation has started earlier, and perhaps may finish later than normal, so it is important to ensure your system is operating as efficiently as possible.
This will maximise the amount of grass or pasture you can grow and reduce […]

No seasonal adjustment to AUL in the Macalister Irrigation District

Lake Glenmaggie

Given the dry irrigation season, many Macalister Irrigation District irrigators have queried why there has been no seasonal district-wide adjustment to Annual Use Limit (AUL).
Annual use limits set a total amount of water that can be applied per hectare and ensure that farm irrigation practices limit the off-farm impacts of […]