Defining precision irrigation: a new approach to irrigation management

Smith, Rod and Baillie, Justine (2009) Defining precision irrigation: a new approach to irrigation management. In: Irrigation Australia 2009: Irrigation Australia Irrigation and Drainage Conference: Irrigation Today - Meeting the Challenge, 18-21 Oct 2009, Swan Hill, Australia.

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Although the term precision irrigation is now quite widely used, often to mean drip irrigation, there is no commonly accepted definition or conceptualisation of the term, and no cohesive framework to guide research, development or adoption. This paper is reporting on a review of precision irrigation funded by NPSI. This review is considering the role of current irrigation application technologies in precision irrigation, variable rate applications, adaptive control, and the sensing and decision support requirements.
Precision irrigation as a concept differs substantially from current practice. In this paper (which is a slightly expanded version of a research bulletin recently published by NPSI) we have defined it using precision agriculture principles. It is well acknowledged that precision irrigation involves the 'differential irrigation' treatment of field variation as opposed to the 'uniform irrigation' treatment that underlies traditional irrigation management. However, we contend that precision irrigation is much more, that it must be holistic in its approach, adaptive and applicable to all irrigation methods.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2011 02:25
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: precision agricultural systems; irrigation; remote sensing; control systems
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090905 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

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