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Piping recycled wastewater to farmers is enticing, but is it economically feasible?

James Nason, 05 September 2018

As drought tightens its grip calls have been mounting for the 100,000 megalitres of wastewater that is released by treatment plants into Moreton Bay near Brisbane every year to be diverted to farmers further west. But is the idea economically feasible?

In a drought year when water for irrigation is especially sparse, calls have been growing for that treated water to be pumped and piped to irrigation areas in the Lockyer Valley and over the Great Dividing Range to the Darling Downs.

Six new dam sites identified for northern Australia

Grain Central, 30 August 2018

Six new dam sites in northern Australia have been identified with the potential to collectively open up 370,000 hectares of land for new agricultural cropping developments, and twice that area for aquaculture ponds.

Bartter’s Ballandry dryland/irrigated Riverina aggregation lists

Liz Wells, 26 June 2018

Australian poultry-industry identity, David Bartter, has listed his 27,735-hectare irrigated and dryland aggregation north of Griffith, Ballandry Station, for sale by expressions of interest.

Coonamble, Walgett sales test northwest NSW cropping market

Liz Wells, 06 June 2018

The Nunkeri, Loch Lomond and Combogolong aggregation at Coonamble and Wimbleton at Walgett are on the market, and will test values for cropping country on the northwest plains of New South Wales.

Bi-partisan agreement puts Murray-Darling plan back on track

Grain Central, 08 May 2018

The Federal Government and Labor have struck an 11th-hour agreement that will ensure support for amendments to the Southern Basin water recovery targets proposed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Turning the ‘TAP’ on irrigated ag in WA’s Pilbara

Grain Central, 16 April 2018

The Western Australian government has initiated a $5.9 million project to ground-truth land and water resources for irrigated agriculture development in the Pilbara.

Twynam’s Lachlan spreads sell to Optifarm, MERS

Liz Wells, 09 April 2018

The Kahlbetzer family’s Twynam Agricultural Group has sold its three Lachlan Valley holdings to two overseas companies, Optifarm and MERS Global Investments LLC, for a total of more than $115 million.

Cotton grower of year achievements on show in the Riverina

Grain Central, 05 April 2018

More than 300 visitors had the opportunity to inspect the achievements of the 2017 Monsanto Cotton Grower of the Year at a field day last week on the Toscan family’s Cavaso Farming operation in southern New South Wales.

Water theft accusations to be tested in court

Grain Central, 09 March 2018

The National Irrigators Council (NIC) has welcomed action taken by the NSW Government to take accusations of water theft against two Northern Basin irrigators to court.

NQ rice harvest paves way for $4 million research program

Grain Central, 16 February 2018

SunRice has reported strong dry season performance across North Queensland’s Burdekin rice growing region, with 4200 tonnes of premium rice variety Doongara harvested in December.