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The Irrigation Channel - podcasts that brings news and information from the world of irrigation research and practices.

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The optimising irrigated grains research was a 3 year investment by GRDC. Irrigation Farmers Network in collaboration with FAR Australia developed a research program to evaluate crop specific agronomic management practices in irrigated environments in order to determine their effects on system productivity and profitability.

the Key message with Research Manager from Irrigation Farmers network Damian Jones. 

Further Information

Optimising Irrigated Grains – Research – Irrigation Farmers Network (irrigationfn.com.au)

With a wet harvest a real possibility this year, we talked to grain storage specialist Chris Warrick who works with GRDC. Chris shared his tips for managing high moisture grain and how to prepare your storage effectively.

Further Information

Stored Grain | Info Hub | Grain Storage, Quality Control, Insects & Pests

The Plan2Farm Irrigation business planning program is designed to help farmers develop a business plan and build resilient farm businesses in a changing climate with volatile water allocations and markets. Don Stewart is a dairy farmer in the Loddon Campaspe region, he is sharing his story on how he has adapted his business to ensure resilience in tough times.

Further Information

Plan2Farm webpage

Luke Mancini, Origin Grain – Maize Marketing Options for 2024

We spoke to Luke about marketing options for grain maize in 2024 as part of the Optimising Irrigated Grains Project, funded by GRDC

Further Information

Origin Grain – Commodity Trading Partners

Is during harvest, one of the most stressful and busy times of the year the best time to be making sound business decisions? This podcast aims to get farmers thinking more strategically about making decisions for next season and beyond.  Dr Kate Burke from Think Agri is a highly experienced independent farm consultant with a PhD in agronomy, have a listen to her thoughts and ideas on good planning.


Further Information

Think Agri – Agri Expertise – Think Agri

Craig Reynolds is a grain grower from Congupna in Northern Victoria.

Each year growers are making decisions about the best way to use their water, winter crops, summer crops, different crop types (varieties) etc. In this podcast Craig shares how they best use water in their system to maximise returns and meet their farm goals.


Our Trial Manager Damian Jones talks about the agronomic and economic considerations to help make decisions about when to irrigate.

Further Information

The gross margins mentioned use the figures of $250/t for wheat and $390/ML for water

Correct Crop Sequencing – Decision Support Tool

To irrigate or not? – Decision Support Tool

Dale is an agronomist with the Victorian Department for Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Biosecurity and Agriculture Services Branch). Dale has a wealth of experience and knowledge in soil moisture monitoring systems and data analysis to provide real time relevant information to assist farmers to optimise crop performance.

Further Information

ExtensionAUS Soil Moisture Monitoring Website

AgVic Soil Moisture Monitoring Dashboard 

Murray Valley Soil Sensor Network

Weekly Irrigation Requirement Summary

Our guest, Alex Schultz, a Research Development Officer with the NSW Department of Primary Industries about using data to make irrigation decisions.

For more information:

Soil sensor network

Irrigation Scheduling – How to poster 

Key stages irrigated wheat poster

Sam North – Key constraints to irrigated wheat yields in the southern Murray-Darling basin

Fisher and Lacy – Lifting yields from 5T/ha to 8t/ha or more

This podcast features Melinda Mann from the Irrigated Cropping Council speaking to Phil McFarlane from Australian Plant Proteins about the plant-based protein market.

We are seeing more maize been sown across the region and one of the key challenges that some growers face is the lack of markets for grain maize. This podcast is to help growers gain some insights into marketing options and to provide information to help them make informed decisions.

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