Take your drip irrigation to the next level this year
26 June 2017
Taking your drip irrigation to the next level is the basis of an advanced irrigation workshop to be delivered by Agriculture Victoria later this month.
Well known to Sunraysia region irrigators on the New South Wales side, it will be the first time the course has been conducted in this format in Victoria since it began in 2004.
Agriculture Victoria Irrigation Regional Manager (Mallee) Jeremy Giddings will deliver the course, in conjunction with Netafim Australia agronomist Peter Henry.
The course targets irrigators who have already completed the Irrigation Management Course which has been run successfully in the Victorian Mallee for more than 20 years.
"The course gives irrigators an understanding of their drip design specifications, how to properly monitor their performance and maintain systems with confidence," Mr Giddings said.
He said post-course evaluation among irrigators from other regions had resulted in irrigation managers flushing their drip systems more frequently, starting a chlorine or hydrogen peroxide injection program and conducting regular pressure and discharge testing as a way of monitoring system performance.
"We're confident similar improvements will come out of this next workshop for Mallee irrigators, and we will certainly be evaluating that success," Mr Giddings said.
The course has been aligned with national units of competency, and covers:
- drip system specifications – understanding designs and data sheets
- drip system monitoring – measuring pressures and discharge
- drip system maintenance – flushing, chlorination, acid injection
- drip irrigation agronomy – soil management, scheduling, future planning.
Upon completion participants receive a measuring flask, used for determining the discharge variation of their own drip system, and a tapered pressure gauge attachment for measuring pressures.
Advance Drip Irrigation Course registrations can be made with Maxine Schache or Jeremy Giddings on (03) 5051 4566.
Participants are encouraged to bring their irrigation designs with them on the day. The course will be conducted on 29 June, 9am until 12.30pm at the Agriculture Victoria office (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources), corner of Koorlong Avenue and 11th Street, Irymple.
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