Design of an automatic furrow irrigation system utilising adaptive real-time control

Koech, R. K. and Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H. (2011) Design of an automatic furrow irrigation system utilising adaptive real-time control. In: SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, 29-30 Sep 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.

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An automated adaptive irrigation system was developed for furrow irrigation. The system estimates the soil infiltration characteristics in real time and utilises the data to control the same irrigation event to give optimum performance for the current soil conditions. The main components of the system are: a microcomputer running a hydraulic simulation program based on the full hydrodynamic model; a pressure sensitive transducer (PST) to measure pressure head in the supply system continuously and hence determine the flow rate; and water advance sensor placed approximately midway down the furrow. A modem is attached to the microcomputer enabling it to receive signals from the PST and advance sensor via radio telemetry system.

The system was trialled in a furrow-irrigated commercial cotton property utilising both siphon and pipe-through-the-bank (PTB) water application methods. The initial observations from these trials are presented in this paper. These results demonstrate that improvements in water use efficiency and labour savings are potentially achievable through the use of the system.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 05:18
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: automation; furrow irrigation; real-time control; scaling infiltration
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified

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