Mackay Irrigation Project

The Mackay Irrigation Project assists growers in the region to optimise water use and energy consumption to increase productivity and profits, while reducing nutrient and chemical losses. This has involved one-on-one extension support for growers to create the most cost-effective irrigation strategies through on-farm energy and system performance audits, and real-time data monitoring of soil health.

This helps growers to optimise irrigation to meet crop demand and water availability. Improved irrigation strategies increase farm productivity and have a positive impact on water quality by boosting Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) and reducing dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) export from the soil.

Mackay Irrigation Project Factsheet 1: History

Mackay Irrigation Project Factsheet 2: Crop Water Use and Yield

Mackay Irrigation Project Factsheet 3: Promoting Deeper Rooting and Water Extraction Rates

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CANEGROWERS Mackay Agricultural Economist John Eden
(07) 4944 2600


Mackay Cane Growers

Mackay Cane Growers provides services, representation and support to the majority of cane growers across the Mackay and Plane Creek regions on a wide range of issues including advocacy, marketing, water and electricity, workplace health & safety, transport, environment and best management practice, training and business management.

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Mackay Irrigation Project

Continuous gains for environment and productivity by improving irrigation strategies and water management.