Analysis of tactical farm-level decisions for irrigation water management in horticultural production

Robert Farquharson, I Goodwin, M O'Connell, Thiagarajah Ramilan

The University of Melbourne | Published : 2016


Irrigated horticultural production in northern Victoria relies on rainfall and snowmelt to fill water impoundments for distribution of water to orchardists with water entitlements. The recent Millennium Drought provided instances where annual water allocations were less than entitlements, substantially so in some years. In addition, predicted climate change may result in reduced future water supplies for all purposes, including irrigation. These experiences have prompted Research and Development (R&D) interest in fruit tree management in times of drought. Orchard-level research by the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), and other sc..

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