Irrigation research and development

What is irrigation research and development?

Research and development focused on irrigation is important if irrigators are to implement best practice management. Best use of limited water resources relies on a detailed knowledge of the amount of water required by irrigated crops at each developmental stage and in different climatic conditions.

Who is involved?

The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board works closely with research and development organisations on applied irrigation research and development projects in the region.

What is happening?

In the South Australian Riverland, the Bookpurnong to Lock 4 irrigation district are trialling a new system called IrriEYE to inform water use for irrigation. Using Earth observation techniques and technology, this system provides farmers with personalised information about crop development resulting from environmental conditions and their agricultural practices. This is part of a research project being run by the University of Naples in Italy investigating the use of satellite and remote sensing technologies to inform water management.

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Lead agency

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin


CSIRO; South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

Funding partners

This project is supported by the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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More information

  • Natural Resources Centre SA Murray-Darling Basin
    110A Mannum Road, Murray Bridge SA 5253
    08 8532 9100