Book Chapter

The economics and perspectives of site specific irrigation management in Australia. in Pederson

Robert Farquharson, J Welsh

Precision Agriculture: Technology and Economic Perspectives | Springer | Published : 2017

Abstract

Automated furrow irrigation is a new technology being developed commercially and offered to farmers in Australia. Improvements in water, fertilizer and labour efficiencies are possible with the more precise management of irrigation water, albeit with initial capital and ongoing management costs. The systematic quantification of potential benefits is a strength of the analysis reported here, which provides information for cotton growers in the Namoi Valley of northern New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Further, an economic investment analysis which considers the benefits and costs over a 20-year period shows potentially favourable returns on investment in this technology. Not only are there ‘p..

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