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On Farm Irrigation Management - The Shift from Art to Science





ITRC Report No.

P 98-003



9 pages



Charles M. Burt



Proceedings of the Irrigation Association of Australia 1998 Conference. Brisbane, Australia. May 19-21.






Excellent on-farm irrigation management and design have traditionally been promoted for reasons of improved yields and farm input costs.  More recently, external pressures require even more detail to on-farm irrigation.  These external pressures include competition for water by urban and environmental interests, plus degradation of aquifers and rivers.  As irrigation progresses from an art to a science, new concepts must be adopted.  Key points made in the paper relate to flexible water deliveries to farms, improved fertigation practices, the importance of on-farm irrigation evaluations, the use of an Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights by dealers and farmers, and irrigation system hardware improvements.



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