Technology helps irrigation methods

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture to host test day for IrriPasture

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TEST DAY: James Hill said irrigation wasn't about how much water was used, but a matter of scheduling and he has the web-based tool to help. Picture: Chris Crerar

TEST DAY: James Hill said irrigation wasn't about how much water was used, but a matter of scheduling and he has the web-based tool to help. Picture: Chris Crerar

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Using data to optimise irrigation practices.

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Technology to assist Tasmanian farmers use water more efficiently is available for a test run.

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture will be holding a test day for the new irrigation tool at Smithton, Tas, on Tuesday, September 28.

IrriPasture is a web-based tool designed for Australian dairy farmers to help use water more efficiently.

TIA senior research fellow James Hills said they had researched how to optimise irrigation practice to get the best productivity out of it.

"With that knowledge, and through that process of investigation, we found one of the biggest issues was the simple scheduling of irrigation," Mr Hills said.

"We found that by adjusting scheduling - not necessarily using more irrigation - just adjusting their scheduling, they were able to double their productivity."

The data included rain gauges, soil moisture probes, weather stations and weather forecasts.

Mr Hills said that all helped put together a picture that assists in predicting optimal water use.

For more information and to reserve your spot go to utas.edu.au/tia/events

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The story Technology helps irrigation methods first appeared on The Advocate.

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