Baillie, Craig Peter and Raine, Steven R. (2005) Strategies for maximizing sugarcane yield with limited water in the Bundaberg district. In: Annual Australian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ANCID) Conference, 23-26 Oct 2005, Mildura, Australia.
Between 1995 and 2003 sugarcane farmers in Bundaberg had access to limited irrigation water. Over this time water allocations were effectively a quarter of the requirements for a fully irrigated crop. In response to this problem irrigation strategies were developed to assist farmers. Field investigations focused on the performance of water winch and furrow irrigation systems, which make up 91 percent of the irrigated area in the district. As most of these application systems have insufficient capacity to meet crop demands, opportunities to schedule irrigations were limited to start up after rain. Improvements in irrigation system performance were found to provide the greatest potential to increase sugarcane yield under conditions of limited water. Investigations identified that irrigation performance could be significantly improved through relatively minor adjustment. Timing of irrigation start up after rain influenced how much water could be applied to the field. Even with relatively low allocations delayed start up strategies could lead to a situation where water was left over at the end of the season.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Australian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ANCID) Organisation website: http://www.ancid.org.au/|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||sugarcane, yield, crop irrigation, winch and furrow irrigation|
|Subjects:||300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences > 300100 Soil and Water Sciences > 300105 Applied Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)|
|Depositing User:||epEditor USQ|
|Date Deposited:||11 Oct 2007 00:24|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 22:33|
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