Assoc Prof Joseph Foley
Research Program Team Lead
Dr Malcolm Gillies
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Alison McCarthy
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Jochen Eberhard
Mr Michael Scobie
Senior Research Engineer
Dr Simon Kelderman
Smarter Irrigation for Profit : Phase 2
This project delivers precise real-time automated cotton irrigation for improved water productivity. Outcomes will address remaining challenges for the widespread adoption of automated irrigation in the cotton industry, including the components for a ‘market ready’ precise automated irrigation system for Australian cotton farms; a capacity building program to increase irrigation engineering capability available to assist growers in the design improvement of pumped pipeline and surface irrigation systems, and demonstration and extension of precise autonomous irrigation systems.
Improving water use for dry season agriculture by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains
This research is crucial to the long term sustainability of small scale agriculture in the Eastern Gangetic Plains. The region must alleviate poverty and achieve food security in part through a program of improved water management and irrigation using efficient systems, which are less reliant on expensive or unreliable electricity and diesel, and appropriate to the needs of the marginal (owning <0.5ha) and tenant farmer majority. The project aims to improve the livelihood of women, marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, through improved water use and increased dry season agricultural production.
Precision automated furrow irrigation for the Australian sugar industry
This project aims to extend work on a previous project, which developed automation systems within the Burdekin region. The project will continue monitoring of three demonstration sites in the Burdekin, and, extend, adapt and implement this technology at a site(s) in the Southern Queensland growing area. The project is closely aligned with the principles of smarter irrigation, namely the use of data collected by the automation system to improve the performance of individual events and the scheduling of irrigation events to supply the correct amount of water at the correct time.
Integrating soil and water management in vegetable production in Lao PDR and Cambodia
This four year project focuses on the management of soil and water, as these have been identified as major constraints to production and sustainability of vegetable production in Lao PDR and Cambodia. This will be achieved by assessing the operation and effectiveness of input supply chains, developing improved soil management and irrigation strategies and practices and foster adoption of improved practices through the understanding of smallholder livelihoods and expectations that underpin farmer decisions on practice change. The overall aim of the project is to improve soil and irrigation water management to achieve sustainably improved vegetable yields and household economies.