Topic: MID

Weekly Irrigation Requirements – Macalister Irrigation District

Macalister ETo Update
6 to 13 February 2019

Flood irrigation interval for the last week was 10 days
Spray irrigators needed to have applied on average 28 mm of irrigation water for the week
The predicted weekly pasture water use for the MID in the next week is 35 mm
Lake Glenmaggie is at 40%

* These figures are […]

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 […]

Installing spray irrigation systems – Is it worth it?

Wednesday 24 October 2018
10.45 am – 1pm
Waverly Pastoral – Alex and Olivia McArthur
292 Bundalaguah Rd, Maffra
Alex and Olivia McArthur of Waverly Pastoral are a part of a growing dairy enterprise undergoing extensive capital growth. The McArthurs have a strong focus on improving efficiencies and production, whilst reducing overall costs within […]

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 […]