All NPSI Research Projects

Farm Dam Management

This proposal will develop and deliver integrated farm dam management information to allow irrigation businesses to optimise the use and returns from farm dams.

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Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions in the Fractured Rock Areas

An improved understanding of groundwater and surface water interactions in the Wilyabrup and Smiths Brook catchments of Western Australia has resulted from a research project funded by the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation.

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Groundwater and surface water interactions in the Wilyabrup and Warren-Pemberton agricultural regions

Surface water sources in viticultural and horticultural regions in the south west of Western Australia are becoming close to being fully allocated with irrigators looking to groundwater sources to supplement supply. Using techniques that include water balance modelling, baseflow separation modelling and Darcy’s Law.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Impact of Minimal Vineyard Irrigation Strategies on Soil and Plant Sustainability

The techniques developed by Clarke (2003) will be used to quantify and then model (eg using LEACHM & VineLOGIC) the long-term impact of irrigation with moderately saline irrigation water using a range of drip application techniques in combination with different surface soil management approaches on soil chemical & physical properties, plant physiological performance and wine grape quality through wine and (more)…

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Impact of Open Hydroponics (OH) Irrigation in the Citrus Industry

Open Hydroponics is a high-frequency (drip) irrigation combined with balanced fertiliser application system that adopts principles of soil-less hydroponics to field based production system (Martinez and Fernandez, 2004). This system is generally known as advanced fertigation system (AFS).

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Informing future irrigation and water management at the Ord River, Western Australia

This project will synthesis opportunities afforded and resources required to pursue accreditation as a HELP basin through lessons learned from other Australian HELP basins, including the Murrumbidgee and Lower Burdekin. Results will be presented to stakeholders in the Ord Catchment to determine local interest in pursuing accreditation.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Investigations into Oxygation

Oxygation of fig and pineapple crops was the interest of Central Queensland University student Michael Law, whose project built on investigations into the technique as a means of generating healthier interactions between water, soil and plant physiology.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Irrigation Decision Making Insight

Feedback from the 2000 release of Irrigation Insights 1 : Soil Water Monitoring identified the following gap – “now that we have the data, how do we use it to improve our irrigation decision ?” Further to this, it has been recognised that the modern farming system relies on an ever increasing number of different data streams.

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Irrigation Futures of the Goulburn Broken Catchment

The Goulburn Broken Irrigation Futures project used scenario planning with extensive stakeholder engagement to develop a vision and strategies for irrigated agriculture in the region over the next 30 years.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Knowledge & tools to manage fertigation technologies in highly productive citrus orchards for minimal environmental footprint

High frequency fertigation is being adopted by Australian citrus producers as an alternative to traditional approaches to supplying water and mineral nutrients to trees. Information, guidelines and practical tools to assess performance are insufficient to support the economic & sustainable use of these technologies for citrus production on Australian soils.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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