Queensland Minister for Natural Resources Andrew Cripps
Queensland Minister for Mines Andrew Cripps
New Tool To Boost Irrigation Efficiency
Victor P Taffa
A new tool has been launched to help irrigators calculate when and how much water their crops need, thanks to the South East Queensland Irrigation Futures program managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the Scheduling Irrigation Diary was a web-based software tool to assist irrigators to improve the efficiency of their watering strategies.
“The tool uses real time rainfall, as well as evaporation data from the Bureau of Meteorology to determine soil moisture content and work out the water requirements of the crop.” Mr. Cripps said.
“Irrigators simply enter data such as soil types, crops, plant and harvest dates into the program which then determines when and how much to irrigate, up to a week in advance.”
“To have this knowledge ahead of time will enable irrigators to make better decisions and avoid over or under watering, thus saving both water and money.”
“Improving and refining irrigation scheduling on the farm is one of the keys to water use efficiency in agriculture and making good choices about water use is a focus of government and industry water use efficiency programs.” Mr. Cripps said.
The tool has been developed by the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, based at the University of Southern Queensland.