Irrigation: Scheduling

AgGuide Water Series

Book 3
NSW Agriculture
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Scheduling irrigation is about planning when and how much water to apply to a crop to achieve crop production or a particular quality. The principles of scheduling water apply to all crops, however the critical timing, methods and techniques can vary with the crop.

This book is about:

·      the ways in which specific crops respond to stress and the effects of the timing and degree of stress and the growth stage of the crop

·      evapotranspiration (ET) and  crop water use to schedule irrigations

·      developing an irrigation schedule

·      terms used to describe the amount of water available to a crop

·      soil moisture probes and where to locate them

·      water quality issues to consider.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Safety

Chapter 3: Environmental Impacts Of Irrigation     

Chapter 4: The Need For Water Varies

Chapter 5: Factors Affecting Evapotranspiration

Chapter 6: Scheduling Irrigations

Chapter 7: How Soil Holds Water

Chapter 8: Data From Soil Moisture Probes

Chapter 9: Do You Need A Calibrated Probe?

Chapter 10: Implementing A Deficit Strategy

Chapter 11: Placement Of Soil Probes

Chapter 12: Irrigation Water Quality

Appendix 1: Determining PAWC

Appendix 2: Determining RAW From Soil Texture

Appendix 3: Determining Starting And Final Soil Moisture

Appendix 4: Calibration Of Soil Moisture Monitoring Tools

Appendix 5: IrriSAT – Weather based scheduling tool

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About the author

Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgSkills series.

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NSW Agriculture
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Dec 1, 2015
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70
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9781742568065
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English
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Reference / General
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Irrigation
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This book has two parts. Part 1 will help you choose the irrigation system that is right for you, and Part 2 will help you select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment.

Part 1

If you are installing or upgrading an irrigation system you will probably be seeking to increase production, decrease the amount of water used or reduce labour required.  Part one of this book is about selecting the irrigation system that is best for your enterprise.

It is an overview of:

· the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the capabilities and limitations of the most widely used irrigation methods in NSW
· the major issues to consider when selecting an irrigation system
· the basic financial analysis you can use to determine the viability of a system you are considering.

Part 2

You can save money by increasing productivity and efficiency of your irrigation system if you can improve the performance of the pump.

This section about the features of common irrigation pumps helps you to select, operate and maintain your pumping equipment. It contains information on pump types, duty, curves and selection. It contains an explanation of:

· the common types of pumps for irrigation systems
· pumping head components: static head; suction head; velocity head; friction loss
· manufacturers’ pump curves
· maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for pumps.

This publication was produced by Education Delivery, Tocal College.

It supports the following competencies from National Training Package AHC10 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management: AHCIRG306A - Troubleshoot irrigation systems, AHCIRG402A – Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system, AHCIRG410A - Select and manage pumping systems for irrigation 

The Australian dairy goat sector is an important emerging industry with significant potential. 

This book is an industry resource designed to build industry confidence, capacity and capability particularly in commercial goat milk production. It provides comprehensive information on animal husbandry, health and welfare, infrastructure, and quality milk production and handling. Case studies and examples are provided, as well as resources for further information.

This publication was produced by Tocal College and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in association with AgriFutures Australia. AgriFutures Australia is the trading name for Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), a statutory authority of the Federal Government established by the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989.

 

 

Table of contents:

Overview

Preface

PART 1 BUYING AND BUILDING THE HERD

CHAPTER 1 Dairy goat breeds in Australia

CHAPTER 2 Planning for productivity

PART 2 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY PRACTICES

CHAPTER 3  Milking management

CHAPTER 4 Handling the breeding stock

CHAPTER 5 Husbandry practices

CHAPTER 6 Responses of goats to handling

PART 3 ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE

CHAPTER 7 The cost of disease

CHAPTER 8  Diseases and pests

PART 4 NUTRITION

CHAPTER 9 Ruminant digestion

CHAPTER 10 The well-fed herd

PART 5 FARM BIOSECURITY

CHAPTER 11 Buying goats

CHAPTER 12 On-farm quarantine

PART 6 INFRASTRUCTURE AND SHED REQUIREMENTS

CHAPTER 13 Buildings

PART 7 QUALITY ASSURANCE

CHAPTER 14 Milk quality

PART 8 MARKET SPECIFICATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CHAPTER 15 Marketing

APPENDIX 1 Case studies

APPENDIX 2 Vegetation effects on milk quality

APPENDIX 3 Toxins of plant and fungal origin occurring in milk

APPENDIX 4 Industry bodies

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