Group to discuss irrigation research

By Rodney Woods

Riverine Plains has facilitated a new irrigation research discussion group, with the group's first meeting to be held on August 30 at Mulwala.

The Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group is being formed as part of a project led by the Irrigated Cropping Council, which aims to link new and innovative research investments by Grains Research and Development Corporation with local farmer-driven groups.

“GRDC have invested in a suite of irrigation research projects across the southern irrigation zones, including projects looking to develop and validate soil amelioration and agronomic practices for irrigated grain crops as well as maximising the dollar return per megalitre of water,” Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group facilitator Kate Coffey said.

“To tie these research projects more closely with farmer needs, new farmer-driven irrigation discussion groups have been established right across the southern region to enable farmers to be more actively involved in the irrigated grains research process.

"In establishing the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group, we are aiming to help farmers learn from one another, build new peer and industry networks, gain access to the latest research data and provide the opportunity to shape project trial work to ensure it is relevant and meeting local needs."

The discussion group will also provide an opportunity for farmers to experiment with new techniques, research methods or develop an idea through paddock trials on a local property.

The irrigation discussion group will meet four times each year to discuss agronomy and soil trials in the region and the implications of the research results at a local level.

This feedback will ensure research delivered is relevant to farmers and farming businesses.

The inaugural Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group meeting will be held as a breakfast meeting on Friday, August 30, at the Riverine Plains office, 4/97-103 Melbourne St, Mulwala from 7.30am to 10:30am.

Speakers will include Matthew Harrison from the University of Tasmania and Michael Straight from FAR Australia.

More information can be found at riverineplains.org.au or by emailing Kate Coffey at [email protected] or phoning 57441713.