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Irrigation tour takes research on-farm to growers (17 February 2015)

CRDC-funded cotton irrigation researchers were on-farm in Emerald, Moree and Nevertire last week for a series of irrigation technology field days; taking irrigation research on farm to show cotton growers.

The three field days were part of the 2015 Cotton Irrigation Technology Tour, hosted by the industry's extension program CottonInfo.

The Tour took seven leading irrigation researchers out to growers to demonstrate new and emerging irrigation scheduling and management technologies - highlighting the advantages and practical benefits of each technology for optimising yield and water use efficiency in each environment. 

Technologies featured included IrriSAT (weather based irrigation scheduling); canopy temperature sensors (plant based scheduling); dynamic deficit scheduling; EM38 soil moisture monitoring; VARIwise (site specific surface irrigation and fertigation using adaptive control); and smart automation in furrow irrigation. You can read more about all of these technologies in the Irrigation Tour booklet.

Growers attending the Moree field day, co-hosted by CottonInfo with the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association (GVIA), also heard about three additional technologies/trials: GVIA's optimised furrow row configuration research; nitrogen loss pathways trials; and sap flow meters and stem pyschrometers.

CRDC was proud to co-fund the Tour, along with the researchers and their respective research organisations.