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Conversion from border check to drop tube irrigation for lucerne irrigated
Summary The project aims to evaluate the success of a drop tube centre pivot irrigation system as an alternative and significantly more efficient and ground water sustainable system for the irrigated production of certified lucerne seed and hay production usingsaline water
Program Pasture Seeds
Research organisation De Barro Agricultural Consulting
Objective summary The project aims to evaluate the success of a drop tube centre pivot irrigation system as an alternative and significantly more efficient and ground water sustainable system for the irrigated production of certified lucerne seed and hay production usingsaline water above 4000 ppm total dissolved salts. Salinity in excess of 4000 ppm will not be tolerated by lucerne seed crops under a conventional centre pivot spray system and results in reduced seed and forage production. Success of a drop tube system could revolutionise irrigation application methods for the lucerne seed industry in South Australia. The research will quantify the reduction of the volume of saline water pumped and applied for irrigated lucerne seed and hay production whilst maintaining profitable yields in comparison to existing flood irrigation of lucerne for the same purposes.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, July 01, 2005
Project completion date Sunday, September 30, 2007
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal PSE-Production and processing efficiency and improved sustainability
Principal researcher James De Barro
Research manager Margaret Heath
Admin contact Tania De Barro