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Irrigation discussion groups

This GRDC funded Project “Facilitated action learning groups to support profitable irrigated farming systems in the northern and southern regions" includes 8 irrigation discussion groups.

The ICC are partnering with IREC, Southern Growers, Riverine Plains, the Maize Association, MFMG and Southern Farming Systems to facilitate discussion groups in Griffith, Coleambally, Finely, Mulwala, Kerang, Corop, Frances and Longford.

This project aims to put you at the centre of grassroots led research by acting as a collaborative hub between growers, farming systems groups, researchers on linked projects and the GRDC. Our vision is to create the opportunity for you to become an active participant in the research, ensuring projects deliver information relevant to your farming business. 

Using a facilitated group approach, farming systems groups will create an environment where growers can learn from each other and be part of a network to bounce ideas, have frank discussions, trash out issues and develop real on farm solutions. Groups will discuss research results relevant to their region and provide support to manage the risk of implementing change within your irrigated farming business through:

  • Identifying agronomy and soil improvement techniques that have potential to increase returns of irrigated durums, barley, canola, faba beans, chickpeas and maize
  • Determine how irrigation water may be best allocated for a given cropping season and how to maximise $/ML returns across the whole farm
  • Experimenting with new techniques on your property through focus paddock projects
To get involved click the link below to send us an email and we’ll connect you with your nearest group
Action Learning

Regional Groups

Each group has different topics and activities driven by the needs and wants of the members. Check out what groups have been up...
barley spring
Different nitrogen rates and application timings will be examined to determine which management approach can maximise yield without compromising the end market.
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This report follows the Opimising Irrigated Grains focus paddock which looked at winter crop of barley followed by summer crop of mung beans in 2020-21.
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In 2021, members of the GRDC Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group tested the practical and financial implications of grazing irrigated wheat and canola.
We are seeing more maize been sown across the region and one of the key challenges that some growers face is the lack of markets for grain maize. This podcast is to help growers gain some insights into marketing options and to provide information to help them make informed decisions. Listen to Adam Robinson the General Manager of Robinson Grain Trading Co. discuss grain maize marketing.
The aim was to assess the strategic use of nitrogen in the form of urea to improve spring wheat yields under irrigation. The demonstration trial was conducted on Scullions property near Apsley in 2020. One of our aims was to achieve a yield of 10t/ha in this system using N.
The aim of this trial, at the IREC field station, was to look at the value and implications of having a winter green manure crop on ground preparation, soil condition and growth of the following summer crop.
Kerang Dec23 web
Maize grain production in Tasmania is an emerging enterprise. This series of video clips aims to explore the potential of Maize grain production in Tasmania utilising the experience of a local farmer, agronomist, seed rep and a grain marketer. A report from the 2019-20 harvest can be downloaded to find out more about the focus paddock work.
Ian and Mary Hamono own and operate a cropping farm in Northern Victoria, incorporating 390 ha of irrigation, including 160 ha of sub-surface drip, 65 ha under pivot and 163 ha of flood irrigation.
Is there improved profitability for additional water and fertiliser for durum wheat crops? What are the nitrogen requirements for safeguarding high protein to ensure DR2+ is met? What is the role growth regulators play?
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Deep Ripping at Pretty Pine -By strategically ripping and adding manure we aim to create a better soil for dryland cropping or pasture and/or opportunistic irrigation. Results from 2021 coming soon...
Farmer Stories

Adaptable Farm Systems Case Studies

Read about how famers are innovating, adapting and creating flexible farm systems to thrive in changing operating environments.
Gav Mann
The investment in the lateral irrigation system has given us more flexibility with our cropping rotations and opens up the opportunity to consider different crops.
Michael and Simone developed a process to determine a viable business model with reduced water availability, by ranking paddocks based on their productivity potential.
Todd Martin 4
The mixed enterprise increases adaptability of the system and allows decisions to be made based on water price and availability and the comparative commodity prices of the two enterprises. The new irrigation system provides more flexibility to pre-water crops and fully irrigate over spring to maximise yields and opens up options for incorporating different crop types into the system, including summer crops.
Project Partners long

The optimising irrigated grains projects are part of the GRDC investment in ICF1906-002RTX: Facilitated action learning groups to support profitable irrigated farming systems in the northern and southern regions, FAR1906-003RTX: Development and validation of soil amelioration and agronomic practices to realise the genetic potential of grain crops grown under a high yield potential, irrigated environment in the northern and southern regions and UOT1906-002RTX: Optimising farm scale returns from irrigated grains: maximising dollar return per megalitre of water.