Farm Table says:
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.
System choices will be impacted by water reliability, labour resourcing as well as topography and soil type.
The primary focus areas for enhanced irrigation performance are:
- Design and drainage to minimise waterlogging and deep drainage
- Irrigation scheduling to apply the right amount at the right time and optimisation of irrigation system performance.
Figure 2. Seasonal Gross Production Water Use Index in bales of cotton per mega litre of water applied from 2009/10 to 2017/18 using different irrigation delivery systems at “Keytah” Moree. (Striped column in 2017-18 is Smart Siphon system)