The project 'Determining Optimum Irrigation Scheduling Techniques for Key Wildflower Crops' is designed to improve the quality and yield of key wildflower crops through a more targeted and efficient application of irrigation at key growing times. This will be achieved by comparing current water useage (irrigation rates, timing and application technologies) with two other treatment types (irrigation according to need and no irrigation at all) in order to identify areas where practices may be modified to improve overall water use efficiency, while also achieving optimum product quality and yield. The project aims to do this by working in partnership with key growers on their properties who are selected as appropriate representatives of the industry 'norm', in terms of their crops' irrigation infrastructure and scheduling practices.
New and Emerging Plant Industries
OLD ABN-The State Of Queensland Acting Through The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
The project’s main objective is to determine water use requirements of key wildflower crops and through the extension of this information encourage: 1. improvements in water use efficiency (i.e. $returns per ML) through the development of scheduling protocols for key wildflower crops 2. nutrient and pesticide residues released into the environment via excess irrigation runoff 3.Increased uptake of innovative technologies and practices to increase sustainability in the longer term.
Project Start Date
Friday, March 14, 2008
Project Completion Date
Monday, January 31, 2011
Journal Articles From Project
An environmentally sustainable Australia
Soil, water and managing natural resources
NEPI-Industry building and connectivity