About the Project
The Smarter Irrigation for Profit Project (Phase 2) is tackling the challenge of reduced water availability by focusing on practical, cost effective strategies to improve the water productivity of Australian cropping and pasture irrigators. The project is a partnership between the major irrigation industries of cotton, dairy, sugar, rice and grains, research organisations and farmer groups. The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, round four.
The project has 14 sub-projects covering three components:
- Development of new irrigation technologies including new sensors, advanced analytics to improve irrigation scheduling and strategies to reduce water storage evaporation
- Cost effective, practical automated irrigation systems for cotton, rice, sugar and dairy
- A network of 36 farmer led optimised irrigation sites located on commercial farms across Australia.
For more information about the sub-projects, Cotton Research and Development Corporation’s website.
The objective of Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 2 is to improve the profit of over 4000 cotton, dairy, rice, grains and sugar irrigators.
Of the 14 sub-projects, the AgriFutures Rice Program is funding two projects:
- Project 1: Smart Irrigation control for water and labour savings in rice growing systems
- Project 2: SIP2 – Key Learning Sites Southern (making the most of water)