Fact Sheet

Smart Irrigation control for water and labour savings in rice growing systems

This project is developing a linked sensing, forecast and automation control system (Smart Irrigation) for rice. Previous research has found Smart Irrigation control systems can significantly improve the water productivity of a partly ponded or strategic ponded ‘Dry Rice’ system.

Economic analysis of automated irrigation systems for rice show a potential range of economic benefits under three scenarios ranging from $666/ha to $2827/ha over a 10 year period. Current sensing and automation systems developed in the project are well below $666/ha (varies due to bay size etc) so the economics for irrigation automation in rice are favourable, especially with high water prices.

A number of rice farmers are now investing in automation technology specifically to grow rice. An early outcome from this project.

For further information download the fact sheet or contact John Hornbuckle, Project Leader. Contact details in downloadable PDF.

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