Read the results of a CRDC-supported study into the energy use of a QLD irrigator, including analysis on the farm's centre-pivot, river pump and grain-drying facilities, conducted by AgEcon/CottonInfo's Jon Welsh and AgEcon's Janine Powell.
Cover cropping is the process of growing a crop during a fallow period, creating ground cover that helps increase water infiltration, slow evaporation, improve soil carbon and soil mineral nitrogen, and protect the top soil.
In 2018, the CottonInfo REOs went on farm with cotton growers across their valleys to investigate how they include cover crops in their farming systems, and the benefits they get from doing so.
The Focus on NRM research series introduces you to the key cotton NRM researchers and their work. In this case study, Dr Vesna Gagic talks about her research into the combined benefits that pollination and biological pest control have on cotton yield.
The increasing incidence of weeds that cannot be controlled with glyphosate is forcing a rethink on the range and diversity of weed management tactics used in cotton - with growers having to integrate a wider range of management tools.
The CottonInfo REOs recently went on farm with cotton growers in late 2017 to investigate how they are managing the threat of resistant weeds.
The Focus on Irrigation research series introduces you to the key cotton irrigation researchers and their work. In this case study, Drs Hiz Jamali, Rose Brodrick and Michael Bange of CSIRO outline their research into the use of plant sensing technologies for optimising irrigation scheduling in cotton systems.
This project summary outlines the CRDC-funded Climate and energy for cotton farming businesses project, run by CottonInfo's Jon Welsh and economist Janine Powell from 2017-2020.
This analysis determines the economic feasibility of installing solar energy to assist in reducing electricity consumption for irrigation bores. Each case study is characterised by electricity consumption on different scales; one irrigator on a NSW residential tariff and the other irrigator on a NSW industrial demand tariff. Analysis of hypothetical scenarios also show the key drivers of project returns and payback periods.
The installation of a solar diesel hybrid irrigation bore pump on a Central West NSW farm has led to big cuts in fuel costs, greater irrigation efficiencies and a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Attracted by the drop in the price of solar panels in recent years and the prospect of the system paying for itself in less than four years, Andrew Gill and his family decided to install a solar diesel hybrid system at one of the pump sites on their Narromine farm.