WATER: Focus on water research: Evaporation mitigation solutions for Australian cotton farm storages
The Focus on water research series introduces you to the key cotton water researchers and their work. In this case study, Greg Qiao from the University of Melbourne explains his research into evaporation mitigation solutions for Australian cotton farms.
The Focus on NRM research series introduces you to the key cotton NRM researchers and their work. In this case study, the teams from NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Murrumbidgee Irrigation and the University of Queensland talk about their research into the noogoora burr complex, under the Control Tools and Technologies for Established Pest Animals and Weeds program.
Stewart Denston is an experienced cotton grower who has been trialling canopy temperature sensors (CTS) for the Macquarie Cotton Grower Association (CGA) since the 2014-15 season, including installing his own sensors in both heavier and lighter soils. The Denston’s have a family farming enterprise that is comprised of three separate farms.
An interview was conducted with Stewart Denston by Amanda Thomas, CottonInfo's Regional Extension Officer in the Macquarie Valley. Amanda has been facilitating the trial work with CTS in the valley for the past four seasons.
The Focus on NRM research series introduces you to the key cotton NRM researchers and their work. In this case study, Sean Freney, Dr Erin Peterson, Dr Susan Fuller outline their research into the impact of remnant vegetation on bat activity.
The case study, conducted by AgEcon/CottonInfo's Jon Welsh and AgEcon's Janine Powell, was undertaken to consider the economic and environmental impact of installing microgrids to offset the energy use of surface water irrigation pumps and a small grain drying facility in the Fitzroy Valley of Queensland. The study aims to find solutions ultimately leading to lower energy costs and greater sustainability through carbon emissions abatement. The study was supported by CRDC.
There are a range of ecosystem service benefits that flow from maintaining on-farm natural assets. Previous research has focused on the relationship of semi-natural vegetation providing individual ecosystem services, for example, biological control or pollination. However, there is little evidence to show the measurable effects of native vegetation on insect pest suppression in cotton production at a landscape scale or the mechanisms underpinning any effect.