Smart automation of furrow irrigation in the sugar industry

Gillies, Malcolm and Attard, Steven and Jaramillo, Andres and Davis, Marian and Foley, Joseph (2017) Smart automation of furrow irrigation in the sugar industry. In: 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT 2017), 3-5 May 2017, Cairns, Australia.


FURROW IRRIGATION HAS the advantage of low capital costs and low pumping energy requirements but at a high labour cost. The water use efficiency of furrow irrigation can vary widely and the best performance is only possible through careful management by the farmer. Automation of irrigation systems offers the opportunity to reduce labour costs and ensure that management decisions are made in a timely manner. Following a review of available technologies, automated furrow irrigation systems were installed at three farms in the Burdekin region. The systems have been functional since early 2016 at each site and are already offering significant labour savings for the growers.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) (1 July 2013 - 31 July 2018)
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 06:16
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 06:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: irrigation; sugar industry; automation; sugar cane farming; agricultural hydrology; agricultural engineering
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
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 > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar

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