Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 446 IREC Farmers' Newsletter No. 197 — Autumn 2017 EXPOSURE TO NORTHERN IRRIGATION RESEARCH AND FARMS A pecan farm was one of several interesting sites visited in northern NSW by a group of irrigators from southern NSW and northern Victoria. PHOTO: Lou Gall. l  A group of southern irrigators visited farms, research stations and field days in northern NSW to see new and different approaches to irrigation systems and management. l  The group learnt about research investigating the use of continuous canopy temperature measurement as a basis for scheduling irrigation management of cotton. l  Row spacing research showed benefits with the 60-inch spacings in water-limited years, however productivity was more consistent with narrower row spacings in years of ample water. l  Automated siphons were showcased, and design and management tricks to streamline this relatively new irrigation system were shared. The Maximising Irrigation Profitability or 'Max' project provided southern irrigators with an opportunity to see how their counterparts in northern New South Wales manage water. Iva Quarisa Executive Officer, IREC IN early February a group of irrigators from the Goulburn, Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys took a three-day road trip to Moree in the Gwydir Valley. The tour was a component of the Maximising Irrigation Profitability project, which is part of the federally-funded Rural R&D for Profit program from the larger, overarching Smarter Irrigation for Profit project. Responsive irrigation management The first official stop on the tour was the Australian Cotton Research Institute. CSIRO researchers Drs Hiz Jamali and Rose Brodrick spoke to the group about their Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC) funded project Irrigation Cotton Agronomy for Tailored and Responsive Management with Limited Water. This project is another of the suite of projects funded under the Smarter Irrigation for Profit project. QUICK TAKE