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