Using plant bases sensing to monitor plant stress have been researched for many years, the challenge was determining how to apply the information so it could be of practical benefit to irrigators. Investment by the CRDC and CSIRO into the use of Canopy Temperature Sensors in cotton have enable the technology to be commercialised with agtech company GoannaAg. The technology can improve irrigation scheduling in both a fully irrigated and a partially irrigated cotton crop
Dr Hiz Jamali - Research Scientist with CSIRO Agriculture and Food
Peter Lennox - Cotton Grower - Gunnedah
For more information visit the Smarter Irrigation for Profit 2 website
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Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase II (SIP2)
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase II is a partnership between cotton, dairy, sugar, rice and grains, research organisations and farmer groups. SIP2 builds on Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 1 which enabled research in areas of irrigation system audits, irrigation scheduling, new technology, system design and water use efficiency. Phase 1 demonstrated that improved water productivity hinged on ‘Getting the Basics Right’. It found that participating Australian irrigators could achieve a 10-20 percent improvement in farm profitability by adopting best practice and precision irrigation technologies.
An essential part of Smarter Irrigation for Profit is the commercial optimised irrigation sites. These sites provide an opportunity for researchers, consultants, producers and industry support staff to share knowledge, see how irrigation technology can be applied and collaborate across industries through field walks and field days.
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase II has 14 sub-projects looking at:
- New and innovative irrigation technologies,
- Cost effective, practical automated irrigation systems and
- The application of best practice irrigation techniques.
The objective of SIP2 is to improve the profit of over 4000 cotton, dairy, rice, grains and sugar irrigators.
SIP2 is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of it's Rural R&D for Profit program.