Farmers can update irrigation knowledge

January 11, 2017

A new course is designed to update irrigation farmers on the latest technology and practices.

A new course is designed to update irrigation farmers on the latest technology and practices.

The new two-day irrigation course will be presented by Agriculture Victoria staff at Numurkah on February 8 and 15, and Kyabram on February 10 and 17.

Course co-ordinator Joel Pike said the irrigation space had become ‘‘very tricky’’ and now involved a lot more than just managing water around the farm.

‘‘Irrigators have had to contend with many changes recently, including variable water allocations and prices, water policy changes, a connected water market and considerations related to a modernised irrigation supply and upgrades to their own farm irrigation systems,’’ Mr Pike said.

He said this course would help participants better understand these changes and make the most of opportunities presented, with participants better equipped to grow cheaper, irrigated feed.

Mr Pike said the structured course would include valuable group discussions and an inspection of the latest in irrigation technology and techniques used on-farm.

‘‘Different irrigation systems, irrigation upgrades and scheduling techniques and tools will also be highlighted.

‘‘Additionally, fast-flow flood and new bay designs will be covered, along with the latest developments in the water market and water trading.’’

The course also includes irrigation fundamentals such as managing soil, plant and water interactions to improve profit.

Participants will also have the opportunity to meet individually with presenters, at an additional on-farm day, to discuss topics of interest and potential improvements related to their irrigation resources.

■ To book your place in the course, phone Neil McLeod at Agriculture Victoria in Tatura on 58335250 by Friday, January 27.

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