Fact Sheet

Precise real-time automated cotton and dairy irrigation for improved water productivity

This project is developing fully autonomous broad-acre irrigation control systems for cotton (furrow & pivot) and dairy pasture (pivot).  Research is being conducted on large commercial-scale fields under real farming conditions to ensure the systems are robust, reliable, and practical. The aim is to maximise water productivity by using existing advanced bio-physical crop modelling in conjunction with the latest irrigation optimisation models under the VARIwise control system. The autonomous irrigation technology developed through this project will support unassisted operation of autonomous broad-acre irrigation systems for cotton and dairy.

Project sites are located on farms near Burnie, Jondaryan and WeeWaa.

For further information down load the fact sheet or Joseph Foley, Project Leader. Contact details found in downloadable PDF.