A real-time optimisation system for automation of furrow irrigation

Koech, R. K. and Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H. (2014) A real-time optimisation system for automation of furrow irrigation. Irrigation Science, 32 (4). pp. 319-327. ISSN 0342-7188


An automated real-time optimisation system for furrow irrigation was developed and tested in this study. 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 as follows: the sensing of flow rate and a single advance time to a point approximately midway down the field, a system for scaling the soil infiltration characteristic and a hydraulic simulation program based on the full hydrodynamic model. A modem is attached to a microcomputer enabling it to receive signals from the flow meter and advance sensor via a radio telemetry system. Sample data from a furrow-irrigated commercial cotton property are used to demonstrate how the system works. The results demonstrate that improvements in on-farm water use efficiency and labour savings are potentially achievable through the use of the system.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2014 22:52
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 05:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: cotton properties; furrow irrigation; hydraulic simulation program; hydrodynamic model; optimum performance; soil conditions; soil infiltration; water use efficiency
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050305 Soil Physics
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829805 Management of Water Consumption by Plant Production
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s00271-014-0432-6
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25384

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