Irrigation Optimiser

Irrigation Optimiser helps you to decide what irrigated crops to plant on your farm based on water availability.

Irrigation Optimiser helps you to decide what irrigated crops to plant on your farm based on water availability.

 

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Who this tool is for

Irrigation growers across Australia.

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Questions this tool answers

  • What crop should I plant?
  • Where on the farm should I plant it?
  • Should I irrigate the crop?
  • How much water should I use on each crop?

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What this tool does

Irrigation Optimiser is a web-based tool that identifies the optimal allocation of water and land for your irrigated farming system.

It calculates expected yield, costs, amount of water, optimal area, gross margin and profit for each crop.

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Inputs

You enter information about your own farm, such as:

  • farm description
  • water sources
  • crops you could grow
  • soil type
  • expected costs
  • expected prices

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Outputs

Based on your inputs, the Irrigation Optimiser displays the results (e.g. amount of water to apply to maximise profit over the whole farm) in a simple format in your web browser.

See Figure 1 for an example.


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Reliability

Irrigation Optimiser has been extensively validated by irrigation growers across eastern Australia.

See a list of irrigation projects currently using Irrigation Optimiser.

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History

Irrigation Optimiser was developed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland).

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Support available

An online reference manual is available (pdf, 1.1 MB).

Help is available from an online forum

Support is available from Daniel Rodriguez, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland):

Email: d.rodriguez@uq.edu.au

Phone: 07 4688 1437

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Where to get it

Irrigation Optimiser runs on the web.

(You may be prompted to download free software to run the application. Please accept the installation, and Irrigation Optimiser will run.)

Contact Dr Daniel Rodriguez:

Email: d.rodriguez@uq.edu.au

Phone: 07 4688 1437

For more information, visit Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland

 

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Cost

Free

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