Taking The Guesswork Out Of Irrigation Scheduling

GRDC - Nick O’Halloran and Robert O’Connor (Agriculture Victoria)

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

The authors of this paper note in the conclusion: “Soil moisture and evapotranspiration monitoring complement each other. To use evapotranspiration data for irrigation scheduling knowledge of how much water is available in the soil is also necessary. This varies depending on soil type and the crop type grown”.   Please access the full paper via the link below if this research interests you.

The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.

Take home messages from the paper include:

  • Accurate irrigation scheduling is important for maximising crop yield and water productivity.
  • The use of soil moisture and evapotranspiration monitoring takes the guesswork out of irrigation scheduling and helps assess irrigation performance.
  • Evapotranspiration data, both past and forecasted, is freely available.
  • Agriculture Victoria provides evapotranspiration data in a free weekly email service and on the Irrigating Agriculture website.

2018 - Australia - GRDC - Nick O’Halloran and Robert O’Connor (Agriculture Victoria)
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