The Irrigated Farming Systems team is involved in several research and extension projects. A summary of these is provided below. If you would like more detail on these projects and results please contact the relevant team member.
Improving irrigated agricultural productivity in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin
A new Queensland Government initiative is set to improve economic productivity from irrigated agriculture in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has provided DAF with funding of $2.2 million to run a three year project as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Development Program (MDBREDP), with in-kind support from Queensland Government agencies.
Irrigation Benchmarking of Lateral Move and Centre Pivot Systems in the QMDB
This project, funded through the CRDC and Queensland Government, will continue the collection of seasonal water use data from 40 overhead irrigation systems in the St George, Goondiwindi, Dalby and Inglewood/Texas districts during the 2014-15 cropping year. Read more
Optimizing water and energy use in the CQ Irrigation Sector
This CRDC project funded is undertaking a range of research, development and extension activities within the Central Queensland irrigation sector. These activities include: Read more
Development and adoption of a web-based irrigation management tool for improving water use efficiency of Queensland broad-acre and horticultural crops
This project developed two farmer-friendly, web-based tools to assist farmers and crop consultants make irrigation scheduling (timing and amount of irrigation) (WaterSCHED2) and planning decisions (CropWaterUse) based on historical and real-time weather data. Read more