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SoilWaterApp offers free second opinion in out-of-the-box season

Guest Author, 27 March 2017

With heatwaves, dry spells and floods affecting many parts of the Australian grainbelt in recent months, gauging subsoil moisture in the lead-up to planting the 2017 winter crop is likely to be trickier than ever.

Property: Switch to cotton buoys demand for Riverina irrigation

Guest Author, 22 March 2017

Irrigated land in southern NSW is in hot demand from investors and family farming operations as the region’s cotton industry expands.

Recycled water for agricultural use plan revisited

Grain Central, 13 March 2017

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed finalising of funding arrangements for the Federal Coalition’s $650,000 commitment to re-examine a visionary project that would divert south-east Queensland’s treated waste water for agricultural and industrial use.

Hawkesbury landholder pleads guilty to illegal water-taking charges

Grain Central, 02 March 2017

A Hawkesbury landowner has been prosecuted and pleaded guilty for various breaches under the NSW Water Management Act, resulting from including illegal works and piping to unlawfully tap into a neighbour’s water supply.

Cotton reigns supreme on recycled mining water

Neil Lyon, 20 February 2017

The development of an extensive centre pivot irrigation system utilising recycled water from the coal seam gas (CSG) industry, and the trimming down of the enterprise mix to a focus on cotton, have transformed a family farming business on Queensland’s western Darling Downs.

Ruralco expands its water and rural services portfolio

Grain Central, 16 February 2017

Agribusiness giant, Ruralco Holdings Limited, has been granted a trading halt on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) while it adds to its portfolio of irrigation holdings with the acquisition of Irrigation Tasmania, Mildura Irrigation Centre in north-west Victoria and River Rain in South Australia.

Deadline extended for Basin Plan submissions

Grain Central, 03 February 2017

The deadline for submissions about proposed amendments to the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been extended by two weeks until Friday, February 24, 2017.

Irrigation infrastructure boost for NSW

Grain Central, 02 February 2017

NSW irrigators with eligible entitlements in the Border Rivers and Lower Namoi catchments can now apply for a share in $30 million to upgrade on-farm infrastructure under Round 9 of the NSW DPI’s $111 million Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program.

Campaign to challenge water recovery in Macquarie Valley

Grain Central, 18 January 2017

A new campaign to highlight the extensive damage the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has on the Macquarie Valley in Central West NSW has been launched today.

Funding boost for irrigated agriculture

Grain Central, 13 January 2017

Irrigators in northern NSW and Western Australia stand to benefit from a new round of funding for irrigation innovation and infrastructure development.