Project Funder: Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC)
Project Lead Organisation/Researcher: NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Alex Schultz
Project Duration: July 2019 – May 2022
Project Locations: CWFS The Fettell Centre, Condobolin
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 1 focused on improving the water availability for participating Australian cropping and pasture irrigators by adopting precision irrigation techniques.
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 2 was a partnership between the irrigation industries of sugar, cotton, grains, dairy and rice, research organisations and farmer groups and incorporated three key areas of work:
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 2 (SIP2) project was commenced in 2019 by Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) (with funding from Grains Research and Development Corporation, GRDC and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program). This project aimed to improve the capability of growers and maximise the profit for irrigators in each of the farming systems regions with a timeframe of 3 years and included 2 phases.
A key learning site was established at the CWFS Research Innovation Hub on the Lachlan River at Condobolin to demonstrate management practices of producing the maximum dollars return per megalitre of water. The particular emphasis was on winter cereals and using soil moisture monitoring technology to determine appropriate irrigation deficits on replicated bays. This was combined with the appropriate level of other inputs such as nitrogen. The aim was to increase grower awareness and promote a shift in local practice.