Improving whole farm and infield irrigation efficiencies using Irrimate tools

Raine, Steven R. and Purcell, Jim and Schmidt, Erik (2005) Improving whole farm and infield irrigation efficiencies using Irrimate tools. In: Irrigation Australia 2005: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition: Restoring the Balance, 17-19 May 2005, Townsville, Australia.


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Whole farm irrigation water includes all pumped, delivered, captured, distributed and/or stored water within the farm gate. Utilisation of rainfall, recycled irrigation water, and harvested overland flows are included in the on-farm water volume. In assessing the performance of on-farm irrigation systems it is necessary to recognise that there are both agronomic and volumetric components of the system and that both contribute to the overall productive output. Evaluation of irrigation performance at the whole farm scale using total volumetric inputs and total production outputs provides a benchmark for comparative purposes but fails to provide an adequate diagnostic tool to identify either the source of inefficiencies or appropriate strategies to improve performance. Hence, diagnostic performance evaluation requires the measurement of the inputs and outputs for each sub-component of the system in a way which enables the partitioning of losses and the identification of the importance of specific loss mechanisms.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: IAA grants permission for the general use of any or all of any or all of this information provided due acknowledgement is given to its source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:24
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: on-farm, irrigation, irrimate tools, systems
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)

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