Real-time, web-enabled adaptive control and monitoring of surface and overhead irrigation systems

McCarthy, Alison and Gillies, Malcolm and Smith, Rod (2013) Real-time, web-enabled adaptive control and monitoring of surface and overhead irrigation systems. In: 1st Digital Rural Futures Conference: Smart Farms - Smart Regions (DRF 2013) , 26-28 June 2013, Armidale, Australia.

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The National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) is investigating the use and field implementation of real-time adaptive control of irrigation application and timing to improve irrigation management, particularly for surface irrigation systems, through projects funded by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. These irrigation control systems spatially adapt irrigation application using: (i) in-field sensors for irrigation application, soil-water and/or crop response; (ii) automated computer processor to determine irrigation application using real-time sensor data; and (iii) infield actuators to automatically adjust irrigation. Three real-time, irrigation decision-making frameworks that are being developed and evaluated at the NCEA are 'SISCO', 'AutoFurrow' and 'VARIwise'. The NCEA has evaluated automated control strategies on bay irrigated dairy fields in Victoria, surface irrigated cotton farms in Dalby, Jondaryan and St George, and centre pivot irrigated cotton in Jondaryan.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 00:15
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 02:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: irrigation systems; centre pivot; cotton growing
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070103 Agricultural Production Systems Simulation
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering
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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