March 18, 2012
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is hosting a farm walk to present the latest on improved border check irrigation management and technology at Kevin and Veronica Minogue’s property at 175 Marionvale Rd, Katandra West on Wednesday, April 3 at 10.30am. DPI Senior Irrigation Extension Officer Rabi Maskey said participants will hear about new research findings from the DPI Improved Border Check Irrigation Project. “This project has been evaluating the effects of flow rate on irrigation performance on different farms, crops and soil types across the region,” Mr Maskey said. “Participants will also have the opportunity to inspect the new farm irrigation layout, featuring computer based automation and soil moisture monitoring, a modern farm channel system and newly laser graded bays fully serviced with a re-use system.” Kevin Minogue will speak on why he invested in this technology, how the irrigation system is performing, what is working well and what could be done differently. Kevin said the lifestyle benefits were the main reason for participating in the program. “It used to take me 44 hours to irrigate 24 ha, now after the project, it takes me about 14 hours,” Mr Minogue said. “Plus with the soil moisture probe, it takes away all the guess work for watering.” In addition there will be a discussion on an economic case study which analysed the costs and benefits of the irrigation upgrade. Lunch will be provided, so for catering purposes please register by contacting Rabi Maskey at DPI Tatura on or before Thursday, March 28.