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Stretching water - Queensland’s water use efficiency cotton and grains adoption program

Goyne, P.J. and McIntyre, G.T. (2003) Stretching water - Queensland’s water use efficiency cotton and grains adoption program. Water Science and Technology, 48 (7). pp. 191-196.

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Abstract

The Cotton and Grain Adoption Program of the Queensland Rural Water Use Efficiency Initiative is targeting five major irrigation regions in the state with the objective to develop better irrigation water use efficiency (WUE) through the adoption of best management practices in irrigation. The major beneficiaries of the program will be industries, irrigators and local communities. The benefits will flow via two avenues: increased production and profit resulting from improved WUE and improved environmental health as a consequence of greatly reduced runoff of irrigation tailwater into rivers and streams. This in turn will reduce the risk of nutrient and pesticide contamination of waterways. As a side effect, the work is likely to contribute to an improved public image of the cotton and grain industries.

In each of the five regions, WUE officers have established grower groups to assist in providing local input into the specific objectives of extension and demonstration activities. The groups also assist in developing growers' perceptions of ownership of the work. Activities are based around four on-farm demonstration sites in each region where irrigation management techniques and hardware are showcased. A key theme of the program is monitoring water use. This is applied both to on-farm storage and distribution as well as to application methods and in-field management. This paper describes the project, its activities and successes.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science
Business groups:Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:Riversymposium 2002 (Selected Proceedings of the 5th International Riversymposium, held in Brisbane, Australia, 3-6 September 2002. © IWA Publishing. Journal subscribers may be able to access the published version of this article. Use hypertext link above to access publisher’s web site.
Keywords:Irrigation; scheduling; water use efficiency.
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education > Agricultural extension work
Deposited On:28 Jun 2004
Last Modified:24 Oct 2011 01:39

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