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Pre-season Checklist – Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves

01 Nov 2018

Irrigation New Zealand have a number of useful resources for irrigators.  One of these is the Pre-Season Checklist for Centre Pivot and Lateral Moves.

As the summer irrigation season rapidly approaches it is important that you check your overhead irrigation system is in good condition and operational.  The checklist is provides a minimum list of checks you should undertake now before the irrigation season starts.  You can access the checklist by clicking here.

WaterSched Professional – our updated on-line irrigation management tool

02 Feb 2018

Over the past year we have been updating our two irrigation management tools – CropWaterUse and WaterSched2.  These have now been replaced with WaterSched Professional (incorporating CropWaterUse and CropWaterSched) which is now available for testing at .  You will need to register as a user at this site in order to use these tools (click on the Register link at the top right of the webpage in your web browser). Read more

Extended Energy Savers Program Needs Farmers

12 Jan 2018

The Queensland Government has announced an extension to the Energy Savers program with up to 200 more energy audits, and up to $20,000 in matched funding to implement recommendations from the audits.

The Energy Savers audits have so far identified over $3M in savings with a payback period of five years or less.  Over 60% of the 130 farms participating in the program have acted on the recommendations or plan to in the near future.

Energy audits look at overall farm energy consumption, and can look for efficiencies in specific areas such as irrigation, packing, refrigeration, heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.

An energy audit will help to find cost-saving energy efficiency opportunities on farm, and the matched funding will help with the funds to go ahead with the projects identified in the audits.

Register today for the expanded Energy Savers program HERE.

Details of the program as well as a similar program for large energy users are available on the Department of Energy and Water Supply website HERE.

See the Energy Savers website for 45 on-farm energy case studies, including 5 videos, events, technologies and financing information

The Energy Savers Program is funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by Ergon Energy in partnership with the Queensland Farmers’ Federation and its members.