The Queensland Government is taking further steps to encourage irrigators to adopt more efficient water use practices with the introduction of the South East Queensland—Irrigation Futures program (SEQ-IF2) . The program is part of the government’s commitment—outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005-2026 to address the needs of rural water users in the region.
The SEQ-IF(2) program is funded for 4 years 2009-2013 through the Department of Environment & Resource Management. FAQI provides growers with practical assistance to improve irrigation efficiency, manage water quality outcomes, and fertilizer inputs plus other farm management issues. The program objectives are to:
July 2012 - includes Sunshine Coast Industry Workshop Update
June 2012 - includes Bundaberg Grower Meeting update
April 2012 - includes Grantham Shed Meeting update
As part of the new SEQIF (2) project, FAQI will be assisting growers in optimising the use of their pumping system and in-field applications of water.
The pump evaluations will help growers to identify problems and potential improvements in their irrigation systems.
If you are interested in a free pump and irrigation assessment please do not hesitate to contact:
EM38 surveying is a relatively new tool in tree crops which uses electromagnetic signals to survey the paddock and determine differences in soil texture and soil moisture content. As part of the SEQIF (2) program, FAQI is examining the potential for EM38 surveying as a diagnostic tool to assist growers to manage their soils and irrigation.
South East Queensland — Irrigation Futures: