Fact Sheet

Staged automation of irrigation in cotton systems

Automation of irrigation in cotton can achieve up to 20% improvement in water productivity and an 85% reduction in labour. Planning to automate when developing a farm can significantly reduce the cost of future automation. The upfront costs of automation are flexible depending on the irrigation layout and automation can be staged. Considerations include installing structures that can be automated if required and selecting hardware and sensors that can be integrated into irrigation decision support systems.