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Irrigators to benefit from quick reference guide

 

Do you want all your irrigation information in one place?

 

We believe irrigators will benefit from The Irrigation Glove Box Guide, a quick reference guide to lead you through best management practices and important conversions.

 

The Irrigation Glove Box Guide contains information that has been adapted from the regional irrigation workshops run in conjunction with the Mackillop Farm Management Group (MFMG), Natural Resources South East and Primary Industries and Regions South Australia. It was released at the recent MFMG Irrigation Round Table events held in Padthaway and Coonawarra. The booklet has been developed as a quick reference guide for irrigators in the South East of South Australia to assist them in improving the management of their irrigation enterprises.

 

The South Australian Research and Development Institute has developed a number of nonprescriptive irrigation best management practices (BMP). These include; how to rate irrigation as a very high priority within farm management systems, understanding soil types and incorporating this into irrigation scheduling, monitoring and understanding each irrigation event, and remaining open to new information aimed at improving irrigation practice.

 

The guide also contains important conversions, information on soil types and calculating Readily Available Water (RAW), best management practices and system evaluation for surface irrigation, centre pivot or drip irrigation.

MFMG CEO Krysteen McElroy says this will help irrigators to easily access all the information and equations they will need to ensure that irrigation events and systems are as efficient as possible. “While at the irrigation information days, we heard from irrigators and presenters about what needs to be considered in terms of understanding water allocation plans, license responsibilities and scheduling of events. This book is aimed at ensuring irrigation systems and all environmental factors (water, soil, and plants) are being managed as efficiently as possible”.

 

The book is available to view here  - CLICK HERE

 

or there are printed versions available from MFMG, NRSE or PIRSA.

 

More detailed information can be found on each of the topics through the

• Mackillop Farm Management Group website

• Natural Resources South East website

 

For further information, please contact Krysteen McElroy 0408 655108 kmcelroy@mackillopgroup.com.au

 

Guide released in August 2016