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Initial evaluation of telemetry technology for travelling gun irrigator shows reduced energy and water use and improved yield and quality of carrots

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Lambert, SJ and Hay, FS and Cotching, W and Norton, T and Birch, CJ, Initial evaluation of telemetry technology for travelling gun irrigator shows reduced energy and water use and improved yield and quality of carrots, Proceedings of the World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy 2012, 13-18 May 2012, Dublin, Ireland, pp. 1-4. (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Energy and water use efficiency are two key challenges for the vegetable industry. A travelling gun irrigator was retro-fitted with irrigation and telemetry components to maintain a desired set pressure at the gun regardless of slope or length of the irrigation run. Initial comparison of modified and conventional travelling gun irrigation improved yield of carrots by 7.7 t/ha (9%) with reductions of 17% and 5 % in energy and water use. This retro-fit technology has the potential to reduce energy and water consumption during irrigation using travelling irrigators on undulating topography thus delaying major capital investment in new equipment.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:irrigation, water use efficiency, water consumption, carrots
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Research Field:Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production
Objective Field:Management of Water Consumption by Plant Production
Author:Lambert, SJ (Dr Susan Lambert)
Author:Hay, FS (Dr Frank Hay)
Author:Cotching, W (Dr Bill Cotching)
Author:Norton, T (Professor Tony Norton)
Author:Birch, CJ (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
ID Code:94096
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2014-08-28
Last Modified:2014-09-23
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