IrrigationNZ is warning Canterbury irrigators to employ all the methods available to stretch out water volumes as the El Nino weather pattern starts to bite home.
“Now is an ideal time for farmers to assess their consents, particularly their seasonal allocation component, to work out how much is remaining. With about half the season left, and most irrigators in Canterbury having irrigated since September, understanding your seasonal allocation volume is critical. Having a weekly irrigation schedule based on your remaining volume is a great place to start making those hard irrigation decisions from,” says IrrigationNZ Project Manager Steven Breneger.
Rainfall across Canterbury in the week prior to Christmas has eased the short term pressure of many farmers in the region. But the forecast, post-Christmas, is still a hot, dry finish to the season – a classic El Nino weather pattern, says Mr Breneger. “This is going to place renewed pressure on irrigation consents in the new year.”
Early messaging from IrrigationNZ this season was around understanding what irrigation systems were doing on the ground. Bucket tests, scheduling irrigation to soil types, and minimising watering tracks and roads were simple measures to ensure irrigation efficiency.
“Now, the emphasis needs to moves to more stringent management options that look at performance measures across the farm and look to maximise both irrigation effectiveness and overall farm production performance,” says Mr Breneger.
IrrigationNZ’s top four tips to stretch out water volumes.
Steven Breneger, IrrigationNZ Project Manager, Ph (027) 688 1299.
IrrigationNZ is the national body representing irrigators and the irrigation industry. Its mission is to promote excellence in irrigation throughout New Zealand. IrrigationNZ launched its SMART Irrigation Programme in April 2014. SMART stands for Sustainably Managed, Accountable, Responsible and Trusted Irrigation.
IrrigationNZ is continuing to challenge the logic of Labour’s water tax proposal, after finding that regions with more swimmable rivers will receive more funding from the water tax, while those with the least swimmable rivers will receive less funding to….. Read more
IrrigationNZ is further challenging Labour’s plan to tax water used for irrigation to fund the clean-up of rivers after an analysis of the latest Ministry for the Environment data on water quality showed rivers in areas with irrigation are more….. Read more
‘Let’s Answer This’, a campaign to get key questions on Labour’s proposed water tax answered is gathering momentum – while the fundamentals remain unclear. The questions were sent to Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on Friday 11th August by non….. Read more
In the absence of a policy from the Labour Party, the organisation representing irrigating farmers is seeking answers from Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern on how a new water tax on irrigation might work. “The Labour Party’s glib and misleading announcement….. Read more
New Zealanders’ access to affordable local apples and stonefruit, along with around 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay, are under threat from a proposal to impose a water conservation order on the Ngaruroro River, says Irrigation New Zealand. The proposed water….. Read more
September 18 @ 8:30 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm
Gain the skills and knowledge to carry out assessments of irrigation systems in order to determine how efficiently they are operating. This Level 4 NZQA certificate runs for 7 months and requires some previous knowledge and experience in irrigation. You….. Read more
September 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Proudly supported by our Training Partners TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE CROMWELL Where: Otago Polytech, Bannockburn Rd, Cromwell – Rm 12 When: 10am- 4pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST….. Read more
Labour water tax to be $1m per annum for irrigators and water bottlers t.co/x13FoFyR4N