COVER CROPPING case studies: Growers share their cover cropping strategies

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.

WEEDS case studies: Cotton growers share their on-farm weed control strategies

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.

WATER: Focus on irrigation research: Irrigation scheduling using canopy temperature

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.

 

Grid connected solar – Irrigation case studies

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.

ENERGY: Case study - Solar pumping: economic and environmental rewards

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.