|Project name||Smarter Irrigation for Profit - Phase II|
|Funding bodies||Department of Agriculture and Water Resources|
|Lead researcher||Dr James Hills|
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase II brings together industry, researchers and farmers to find practical ways to boost irrigation productivity for Australian farmers.
The project is tackling the challenge of reduced water availability by focusing on practical, cost effective strategies to improve the water productivity of Australian cropping and pasture irrigators.
TIA Dairy Centre Leader Dr James Hills is leading the project in Tasmania that builds on the work done in phase 1.
The project will run a series of optimised irrigation farms linked to local groups of farmers and service providers.
There is a strong focus on offering practical, cost effective strategies to improve efficiencies at a farm level, a critical requirement to enhance broad adoption of new tools and technologies throughout the irrigation industry.
Smarter Irrigation for Profit phase II is a national program that has brought together some of the best irrigation researchers in the country.
The Smarter Irrigation for Profit phase II is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, round four.
The project is led by Cotton Research and Development Corporation in partnership with four other RDCs and nine research organisations. The project is building on the success of Smarter Irrigation for Profit phase I.
Learn more about SWAN in the podcast below.
SWAN is a web-based support system for farmers to easily manage their irrigation and crop fertiliser programs. It provides a dashboard that shows an overview of irrigation sites, water usages, soil moisture and nutrients overlaid on a Google Map of the farm. It supports real-time irrigation decision making to enable farmers to grow their crops more efficiently.