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Soil condition: status of information for reporting against indicators

Three key global challengers are associated with soil and its degradation:

the food crisis - we will need to feed twice as many people from the same area of land by 2050

conflicting land-use trends - land is increasingly being used for purposes othe

  • Publication
  • Guides and Manuals
  • 2008
  • Product code PN21200
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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A Review of Geophysical Equipment applied to Groundwater and Soil Investigation

Sustainable Irrigation Travel Fellowship - 2004 ANCID

Using the 2004 ANCID/Sustainable Irrigation Travel Fellowship, David Allen conducted an international survey of over 100 geophysical instruments applicable to irrigation problems. After attending the Symposium on Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems in Atlanta, Georgia, USA he visited equipment manufacturers and researchers in Canada, Denmark and Sweden. The survey of equipment details and prices is to be (more)...

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  • Final Report
  • 2008
  • Product code PN21172
  • 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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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Root Zone Water, Salinity and Nutrient Management Under Precision Irrigation

The SRD8 project has an ongoing commitment to the development of salinity risk management strategies and tools designed to limit the damaging effects of salinity in the root zone, a fact that is most clearly represented by the establishment of 20 trial sites distributed through a range of growing conditions in SA, NSW and VIC. (more)...

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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  • Fact Sheet
  • Product code PN21135
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Delivering Sustainability through Risk Management

This project was designed to achieve an improved level of adoption of ecological risk assessment and risk management methods in the Australian irrigation industry and in regulatory agencies. Adoption of risk-based approaches is considered to be vital if the industry is to achieve its goal of long-term sustainability.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Long term sustainability of precision irrigation

There is now strong evidence of serious soil structural decline under precision irrigation, but practical tools to identify the conditions for this degradation are not yet available. We will identify a range of paired (precision-irrigated / non-irrigated) texture-contrast soils in vineyards across the Barossa Valley and assess the impact of this irrigation on soil properties important for root growth and water uptake.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Tri-State Project - Impact of Salinity on Horticulture in the Lower Murray

The project, started in November 2003 and to finish in early 2007, is split into two stages and deliverables are spread over agreed milestones. Stage 1: Specific tasks and main deliverables for Stage 1 are: A detailed literature review of the salinity relationships for the commonly grown crops (grape, citrus, stone fruit, melon and vegetables) in the Lower Murray region; Identify the knowledge gap in salinity relationships; Explore the salinity (more)...

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Changing Irrigation Systems and Management in the Harvey Irrigation Area

Project DAW45 was conducted over the Harvey irrigation seasons 2003-04 and 2004-05. Seasons in Harvey are relatively consistent extending usually from October to May.

The project was conducted in two stages to ensure adequate consideration of the issues and planning for the case study, along with integration with other related research work, prior to the commencement of the case study.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Open Hydroponics: Risks and opportunities

An open hydroponic system (OHS) is a continuous method of supplying a crop’s water and nutrient needs in a very precise way. Unlike traditional soiless media hydroponic systems, in the open field hydroponic system the soil is used as the medium in which the plant grows and its primary function is to provide the support structure to anchor the plant and accommodate its root system.

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  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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