Launch of the More Profit per Drop website

Thank you for visiting the former MoreProfitPerDrop blog.  

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry More Profit per Drop team has launched its own website which can be found at www.moreprofitperdrop.com.au.  Development of the website has been made possible through the support of the Queensland Government managed Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency project funded by the Australian Government as part of the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program under the Water for the Future initiative.  The website has been designed with the assistance of local irrigators, suppliers and industry and it is anticipated that it will be a huge success and a ‘go to’ place for all things irrigation.

The site contains information on work being undertaken by the More Profit per Drop team, upcoming events and workshops, irrigation efficiency, crop specific information, soil and water management, detailed information on different irrigation systems as well as links to work and trials completed by other organisations.

 The site will be regularly updated with new information and we welcome listings of events from other organisations who wish to alert potential participants of their workshops and field days.

 It is possible to receive RSS feeds and also to sign up to the More Profit per Drop newsletters and blog through the website, if you don’t already receive these updates head to the website and put your email in the ‘stay informed’ box on the front page.

We have added all past content of this blog to the new website and new blog posts will be added there.  Please visit our new site at www.moreporfitperdrop.com.au and make use of the range of irrigation resource materials we have made available there.

Converting Flood Irrigation to Overhead Machines

Craig Doyle Rural Holdings (CDRH) was one of the successful applicants from Round 1 of the Healthy HeadWaters Infrastructure project. As part of this project they applied to convert 1680 ha of flood irrigated country into 1353ha of overhead irrigation with the installation of 8 lateral moves and 2 centre pivots in two applications.

The motivations for this change for CDRH are clear, the ability to save water and hence irrigate a larger proportion of their cultivated area each season, whilst also saving on labour. The timing of the HHWUE was also very appropriate as they were already looking to make these upgrades and this project allowed them to implement these changes in a faster and more streamlined timeframe.

Doyle Group Case Study

The written case study outlines the project works, benefits, agronomics and economics surrounding this upgrade, whilst the video features CDRH Pastoral Manager Jeff Carter talking through the project and the changes made.

Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves Released

There has been increasing interest in recent years in overhead irrigation systems within Australia. This has been in response to the potential water and labour savings of these systems compared to existing irrigation systems.

Graham Harris, Queensland Government Agri-Science, said that “There is a significant capital outlay in the purchase of these systems so it is important to get it right. Growers need to learn new management skills to get the best from these systems and minimise the delay in achieving good crop production and returns”.

To assist irrigators and their consultants our More Profit per drop team has recently completed production of the Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves DVD. This provides a valuable resource for irrigators with these irrigation systems or those considering their purchase in the future. It is a collection of information and experiences from growers, suppliers, manufacturers and industry professionals across Queensland.

Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves DVD

Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves DVD

The Growers Guide provides an overview of these systems and examines:

  • Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Design
  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting

The production of the DVD has been funded through the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative and the Queensland’s Government Rural Water Use Efficiency 4 Program through the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC. Through this support the DVD is available free to Australian residents.

To order the DVD please download the attached order form below:

CPLM DVD Order Form – Use ‘Adobe Reader’ to submit

You can submit using the “Send via email” button or return to Graham Harris, PO Box102, Toowoomba, Q. 4350. Please save the order form to your desktop and use ‘Adobe Reader’ to complete the details.

You can also access each section of the DVD online from the video below:

Too spend or not to spend? Upgrading a Centre Pivot

It is often difficult to know whether or not to put money into repairing old overhead irrigation systems as there is no guarantee that you will achieve sufficient improvement in the irrigation system to payback the cost of the upgrade or repair. Rob Carter, Scott Smith and Matt Finch of “Struanville”, Bowenville faced this dilemma, and with the assistance of Pat Daley of Daley Water Services, they were able to identify areas to focus on which would give them the best return for their dollar.

In November 2011, Pat together with the More Profit Per Drop team and the “Struanville” team, conducted a full evaluation including assessing the pump, water and power supply, and the machine itself. From this assessment, Pat identified a number of areas that could be improved and detailed these for the “Struanville” team. Matt Finch said that “without hard evidence it was hard to justify spending any money on it (the centre pivot) until we knew where we were standing with it”. As a result of Pat’s recommendations the “Struanville” team installed a new sprinkler package with regulators, fitted spreader bars on the overhang and last four towers, and ordered a filter to be fitted.

Immediately they noticed a difference with irrigation appearing to be much more uniform. This was confirmed with a follow up evaluation which determined the uniformity of the irrigation had improved from 74% to 92%. As a result, the “Struanville” team believe it was money well spent on the machine as they anticipate achieving better yields in future with more efficient use of their water and energy resources.

Click below to watch Pat Daley, Matt Finch and Phil Bell (Lindsay Zimmatic) discuss the assessment and improvements made to the machine.

Inspecting Flood Affected Pumps & Centre Pivots

A series of short videos are available to assist growers who have had irrigation equipment affected by floods. These videos were produced by the More Profit per Drop team in early 2011 with the assistance of Pat Daley of Daley Water Services.

Click on the below links to view each of the videos:

Inspecting a flood damaged underground mainline

Inspecting a flooded centrifugal creek pump

Inspecting a flooded diesel pump

Inspecting a flooded electric turbine pump

Inspecting a flood damaged centre pivot

Pre-order Now – Free Australian CPLM DVD

The DEEDI More Profit per Drop Team are currently finalising their Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves DVD.  This provides a valuable resource for irrigators with these irrigation systems or those considering their purchase in the future.  It is a collection of information and experiences from growers, suppliers, manufacturers and industry professionals across Queensland.

Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves DVD

Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves DVD

The Growers Guide provides an overview of the benefits of these systems and examines:

  • Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Design
  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting

The production of the DVD has been funded through the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative and theQueensland’s Government Rural Water Use Efficiency 4 Program through the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC.  Through this support the DVD is available free to Australian residents.  To pre-order the DVD please download the attached order form.  You can submit using the “Send via email” button or return to Graham Harris,PO Box102, Toowoomba, Q. 4350.

CPLM DVD Pre-order Form

Preview the first chapter of the Growers Guide to Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves DVD below. The overview chapter provides a brief introduction to the benefits of Centre Pivots and Lateral Moves:

Good irrigation labour hard to find? Go Bankless

Bullamon Plains Pastoral Co utilise a Bankless irrigation system to water 1000 ha of cotton at Thallon in south-west Queensland.

The Willis family and irrigation manager Von Warner, together with their water consultant Glenn Lyons, have worked with the More Profit per Drop team to produce a written and video case study of their irrigation system.

The written case study details system design, agronomy, motivations for change, advantages and disadvantages, detailed economics and engineering issues.

Please click here to view the written case study.

The YouTube video clip can be viewed below.


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