Using a salt tolerant plant does not solve every problem when it comes to using salt laden water for irrigation. It is important to be aware that salts in the water can build up in the soil through evaporative concentration … Continued
The Queensland Government funded two four year Water Use Efficiency Programs, RWUE4 and SEQIF2 with the aim to improve on-farm water and energy efficiencies. FAQI’s program assisted irrigators to reduce overall water consumption or improve water use efficiency through improvements … Continued
Irrigation scheduling is about matching the duration of an irrigation event to plant needs, taking into account the factors of plant growth phase, rainfall and climate as well as the infiltration rate of the soil or growing medium.
What is a Tensiometer? A tensiometer is a soil moisture measurement tool that can assist growers with irrigation scheduling. It consists of a sealed tube filled with water, a porous ceramic tip and a vacuum gauge.
In addition to irrigation scheduling, processes such as capturing water run-off, disinfestation, recycling and nutrient management are other key strategies that have been investigated as part of the Southeast Queensland Irrigation Futures (SEQ-IF) and Rural Water Use Efficiency (RWUE) projects.Readers … Continued
Plants vary in their ability to tolerate poor quality water. Similarly, soils vary in their resistance to the effects of poor quality water. Knowledge of the quality of any given water supply, assessed by chemical analysis, is essential in managing this … Continued
Why test water Many natural waters contain impurities (chemical or biological) that make them directly harmful to crops and equipment. Testing a water sample is important before the water is used for irrigation purposes. Plants vary in their ability to … Continued
The Queensland cut flower and foliage industry’s Winning with Water project is part of the Rural Water Use Efficiency – Irrigation Futures (RWUE-IF) initiative, designed to help irrigators make better use of their on-farm water supplies through efficient irrigation system … Continued
Growing conditions are important in determining flower and leaf quality. Quality is usually greatly improved by light shade, fertiliser and irrigation.
During the drought, flower growers in south-east Queensland were required to reduce overall on-farm water usage to minimise the demand on our dwindling water supplies. The majority of flower growers are currently highly efficient users of water. This is demonstrated … Continued