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Proposal to reduce northern Murray-Darling water recovery target

Grain Central, 13 November 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has recommended an amendment to the Murray–Darling Basin Plan that could see the water recovery target reduced in the north of the Basin.

Multi-purpose research laboratory for Central West NSW

Grain Central, 06 November 2017

A $422,890 multi-purpose, field-based laboratory will be built at the Lachlan Irrigation Research Station at Condobolin in central west New South Wales.

Dirranbandi’s Booligar hits market after 153 years in Crothers’ hands

Liz Wells, 02 November 2017

The 11,253-hectare south-west Queensland irrigation, cropping and grazing holding, Booligar, will go under the auctioneer’s hammer to end 153 years of Crothers family ownership.

Mt Schanck listing offers further irrigation development

Grain Central, 24 October 2017

Mt Schanck, a South Australian grazing and irrigation property with an estimated carrying capacity of 60,000 DSE, has been listed for sale in the open market for the first time ever, and is expected to attract a broad range of buyer interest.

National groundwater system under spotlight

Grain Central, 12 October 2017

A new version of the National Groundwater Information System (NGIS) database containing bore and bore log data for more than 870,000 bores across Australia is now available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need watering

Grain Central, 25 September 2017

Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences in the United States.

Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: independent monitoring by satellites?

Guest Author, 20 September 2017

Forget the random audits – why not use satellites to monitor everywhere in the Murray-Darling Basin, all the time?

Additional water now available for Gulf agriculture projects

Grain Central, 31 August 2017

Previously unallocated water from the Gulf water catchment in north west Queensland is being made available to agriculture by the Queensland Government.

Funding boost for Victorian irrigation projects

Grain Central, 30 August 2017

The Federal Government has announced the allocation of $40 million in funding for irrigation projects in Victoria under the government’s $500m National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

Inquiry launched into Murray Darling water theft and corruption issues

Grain Central, 18 August 2017

The Senate has moved to establish an inquiry into the integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling Basin, following revelations of improper conduct that aired on the ABC’s Four Corners program on July 24.