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Past Projects

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.

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

Water use efficiency of siphon-less irrigation systems

Australian irrigated cotton growers are committed to improving their water use efficiency for economic, environmental, social and political reasons. The Australian cotton industry is predominantly irrigated by furrow irrigation with siphons. Read more

Benchmarking water management in the Australian cotton industry

This project, funded through the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, collated the existing information on how water is used by the cotton industry and the benefits this has for regional communities and the nation. Read more

Maximising profitability with limited water in cotton farming systems

Efficient water use is vital for sustaining agricultural production during times of limited water supply. This project had two research objectives. Read more

Rural water use efficiency (RWUE3)

This project was funded through the Queensland Government´s Department of Environment and Resource Management aimed for positive environmental, economic and social benefits by working with industry to improve water management. Read more

Rural Water Use Efficiency 4: Responding to Climate in the CQ Irrigation Sector

This Cotton Catchment Communities CRC project funded through the Queensland Government´s Department of Environment and Resource Management extends the funding for the Rural Water Use Efficiency program by three years to 2012. Read more

Water use efficiency investments for Healthy HeadWaters

This is part of the Queensland government Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency project (HHWUE) funded under the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative through the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management to help prepare for a future with less water. Read more