Growing $60 billion dollars worth of agriculture on the second driest continent on the planet means Australian farmers are continually searching for better ways to be wise with their use of water.
It’s seen many of them turn away from the traditional border check of flood irrigation and invest in a pipe and riser system, which puts the water flow underground, eliminating evaporation and seepage.
Total Eden Cohuna is a Pipe and Riser System specialist. Branch manager Luke Fulton says the rising cost of water has made water efficiency a high priority for many.
He says the Pipe and Riser set up gives farmers a flexibility they simply don’t get from using border check systems.
Not only is it less labour intensive, it can reduce your water consumption by up to 25 per cent and improve production by up to 10 per cent through more accurate water control.
Made from durable and lightweight polyethylene pipes, Luke says the biggest advantage of this form of irrigation is you can stop and start watering where and when you like, without having to wait for a whole channel to fill.
“The amount of water you save does depend on soil type but it will typically be between 10 and 20 per cent,” he says.
“When you consider that as an ongoing saving year after year, it really does make a big difference.”
Not only does it save water, it saves farmers time as it cuts out the need for ongoing weed control and maintenance of the channels.
“Some of our clients with the right lay of the land are able to gravity feed 10 megalitres per day, and in some cases even more, so they don’t even have to turn a pump on to irrigate through their pipeline,” says Luke.
“Once we meet with our clients and know their soil and landscape, we can help them to come up with a design that is right for their land, their budget and their production needs.”