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Interest in irrigation management in vegetable production in the South West of Western Australia has increased in recent years.
IrrigateWA is an irrigation app that will assist with the implementation of correct irrigation scheduling for a variety of crops, regions and soil types in Western Australia.
Irrigating crops with saline water can result in yield loss and decreased quality.
In Western Australia, carrots are grown on sandy soils of low water-holding capacity. When evaporation exceeds rainfall, irrigation is important to ensure high yields and quality.
The Gascoyne Food Bowl Initiative was established in 2012.
Benchmarking of water use is the process of periodically recording various factors in order to compare current and past performance.
Matching water supply in the soil to crop demand using good irrigation practice is important to produce a high quality potato crop.
Optimum irrigation with good quality water is needed to maximise yields of potatoes. Poor irrigation can lower yield, distort tubers and encourage development of some diseases.
Scheduling irrigation for tomatoes based on crop factors and evaporation, combined with soil moisture monitoring to confirm irrigation effectiveness, will result in more efficient watering.
Water is essential for life and every drop counts.