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Demand for water shrinks central, southern NSW cotton area

Liz Wells, 12 December 2018

The area planted to cotton in central and southern New South Wales this summer is down an estimated 37 per cent on last year due to limited availability of affordable water, according to latest industry figures.

Victoria calls for action on summer irrigation water security

Grain Central, 12 December 2018

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has called on the Murray-Darling Ministerial Council to urgently undertake a review of water deliveries to ensure irrigators won’t be restricted during critical peak summer demand.

Irrigation on the way to an automated future

Neil Lyon, 05 December 2018

The assessment of a range of irrigation systems by the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association points to a future of automated, water-efficient, labour-saving systems taking over from traditional, hand-shift siphon irrigation.

Taraba set to test Toobeah irrigated, dryland property market

Liz Wells, 28 November 2018

Taraba at Toobeah is for sale by expressions of interest, and will test values for irrigated and dryland cropping country in the Macintyre Valley west of Goondiwindi.

ABC upholds complaint about unbalanced Basin Plan coverage

Grain Central, 08 November 2018

National Irrigators’ Council chief executive officer, Steve Whan. says a ruling by the ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs unit upholding a complaint about coverage of the Murray Darling Basin plan by ABC’s Background Briefing reinforces the need for balance in coverage.

Murray Darling dam levels drop below 50pc

Grain Central, 06 November 2018

The total amount of water stored in the Murray–Darling Basin’s dams has dropped below the 50 per cent mark, signalling the need for irrigators, industry operators and environmental water managers to continue their close watch on water availability as summer approaches.

Water shortage cuts cotton potential in half as sowing gains momentum

Neil Lyon, 31 October 2018

Cotton planting is well underway in the eastern cropping belt where low water reserves and muted irrigation allocations will limit the potential crop to 2.2 million bales – fewer than half last season’s 4.6-million-bale crop.

Lindores family offers St George scale in Darran Aggregation

Grain Central, 25 October 2018

The Darran Aggregation at St George is being sold by the Lindores family and offers the market an irrigation and large-scale dryland grazing and cropping operation with license to develop an 8000-head feedlot.

Water shortage cuts cotton planting prospects

Neil Lyon, 28 September 2018

Cotton planting is beginning to gather pace throughout the eastern growing regions, but depleted water reserves are likely to see the area sown drop by half this season compared to last year.

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.