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Facing a drier future

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Global warming has had a drastic impact on nature and one of its biggest hits has been on water availability. Of all the water on earth, 2.5% is fresh water and only 1% is available for use.

Water movement in the soil: Important notes for irrigation management

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Irrigation should not be applied uniformly in fields because soil differs in structure and texture. Understanding water movement dynamics for individual fields are very important for irrigation scheduling.

Irrigation efficiency

Make every drop count

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Improved irrigation efficiency is becoming highly important due to the current decrease in available water resources and growing populations that lead to expansion of agricultural activities. Therefore proper water usage and management is vital for agricultural producers.

Finding the water sweet spot

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The relationship between plants and water is delicate. Too little water can lead to plant stress, resulting in wilting. Too much can lead to risk of pathogen infection and loss of nutrients supporting the plant via leaching.

Irrigation water

The underrated value of good quality irrigation water

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Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to irrigation water quality. The best place to start is knowing the quality of your irrigation water.

Centre pivot

Video – How to save water on a dairy farm

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Water is a precious resource and everything possible should be done to ensure that it is used carefully and efficiently.

Turning effluent from waste to benefit

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When dairy effluent is viewed as waste water, it is all about getting rid off it. However when it is viewed as beneficial water, it is all about the opportunity costs of the nutrients.

Stream through farm

Practical water management tips

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Good water management practices can significantly contribute to better water use efficiency. This is an economic advantage on farms, contributes to environmental stewardship and is a social responsibility of farmers.

Irrigation pivot

How much water does it take to produce a litre of milk?

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The average water use across farms is therefore 911 litres of water per litre of milk. The main point I would like to make though is that the water use efficiency varies between the different farm systems.