Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018 | International Convention Centre, Sydney

Thursday 14th June 2018

07.30 – 17.30

Registration Open

09.00 – 17.00

Exhibition Open


Room: E5.2 – E5.3


Room: E5.10


Room: E5.7

08.30 – 09.00

How can weather, water and climate data contribute to irrigation decision making?

Dr Chantal Donnelly
Head of Water Resource Modelling, Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Amgad Elmahdi
Head of Water Resources Section, Bureau of Meterology

Crop water informatics, bio-economic modelling and creating the conditions for resilient irrigated agriculture: a strategic assessment of some emerging capabilities

Richard Vines
Specialist: Knowledge Management, DEDJTR / Agribio

09.00 – 09.30



Recent developments in measured irrigation: a new irrigation scheduling paradigm


Geosynthetic and Geomembranes in irrigation: some truths maintaining flow in Australian irrigation channels by controlling aquatic weeds with endothall

Michael Sadlier
Principal, Geosynthetic Consultants Australia

09.30 – 10.00



Irrigation water management challenges in developing countries

Santosh Kaini
PhD Scholar, Victoria University

Seepage investigation and opportunities – assistance from geophysical imaging

Dr David Allen
Geophysicist, Groundwater Imaging

10.00 – 10.30



Water productivity improvement in north-west regions of Bangladesh

Manir Maniruzzaman
Principal Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute

Solving big irrigation issues through physical modelling and measurement

Adam Joyner
Manager Environmental Data, Manly Hydraulics Laboratory

10.30 – 11.00

Morning Tea

Halls 5 and 6

Irrigation Australia Ltd

Room: E5.2 – E5.3


Room: E5.10


Room: E5.7

11.00 – 11.30


AutoMon: an ICT based decision tools to improve water management in rice

Dr Sudhir Yadav
Scientist, International Rice Research Institute

Water use in agriculture: a national research and development and extension strategies and priorities

Dr Guy Roth
Director Northern Agriculture, The University of Sydney

11.30 – 12.00


Strategic role of drip irrigation in efficient management of water resources and enhancing livelihoods

Prof Teki Surayya
Professor, Adikavi Nannaya University, India

Keep drip irrigation systems functional with innovative technology

Felix Reinders
Research Team Manager, ARC-Institute for Agricultural Engineering

12.00 – 12.30


Improving water use efficiency using drip irrigation and subsurface drip irrigation: case studies from the United States

Inge Bisconer
Technical Marketing and Sales Manager, Micro Irrigation Business, The Toro Company

Supplemental irrigation for limited water scenarios in cotton production systems

Dr Rose Brodrick
Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food

12.30– 13.30


Halls 5 and 6

AGRICULTURE - The Grower Experience

Room: E5.2 – E5.3

AGRICULTURE - Site Specific Irrigation

Room: E5.10

AGRICULTURE - New Technologies

Room: E5.7

13.30 – 14.00

Smarter irrigation for profit

Dr Guy Roth
Director Northern Agriculture, The University of Sydney

Improving border check irrigation precision by modifying the bay surface


Real Time, Mobile Irrigation Scheduling Support Software

Dr Marcus Hardie
Research Fellow, Tasmanian Institute Agriculture, University of Tasmania

14.00– 14.30

Irrigation scheduling and the ‘green drought’ phenomena in Tasmanian dairy pastures

Dr James Hills
Senior Research Fellow, TIA

A framework for irrigation system replacement – Burdaberg Sugar Case Study

Erik Schmidt
Deputy Director, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

Helping Farmers Make Better Irrigation Scheduling Decisions

Rob O’Connor
Senior Irrigation Officer, Agriculture Victoria

14.30 – 15.00

Achieving improved profitability on irrigated dairy farms

Peter Smith
Principal, Sapphire Irrigation Consulting

EM38 for rapid soil moisture assessment

Simon Kelderman
Engineering Research Technician, NCEA – USQ

Innovative approaches to water security in the Australian Cotton Industry

Dr David Mitchell
Technical Specialist Hydrology, NSW Department of Primary Industries

15.00 – 15.30

Afternoon Tea

Halls 5 and 6

AGRICULTURE - The Grower Experience

Room: E5.2 – E5.3

AGRICULTURE - New Technologies

Room: E5.10


Room: E5.7

15.30 – 16.00

An infrastructure modernisation success story: Trangie-Nevertire Co-op

Tony Quigley
Director, Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd

Benchmarking Water Productivity in the Australian Cotton Industry

Dr Iain Hume
Research Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries – Agriculture

Remote sensing in irrigation management: a journey from past to present and what the future may hold

Ass Prof John Hornbuckle
Irrigation Group Leader, Deakin University

16.00 - 16.30

Soil moisture monitoring: capturing the grower’s perspective

Dr Dominic Skinner
Business Development Manager, MEA

A sprayable biodegradable polymer membrane as an alternative to preformed plastic mulch films used in crop production systems

Dr Keith Bristow
Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Rainwater harvesting urban residential design specification

Professor Peter Coombes

16.30 – 17.00

Grower-led irrigation system comparison in the Gwydir Valley

Louise Gall
Project Officer, Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association

Multispectral sensing of nitrogen and water variability in irrigated maize crops

Oliver Delves
Phd, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

A Collobrative Approach to the Development of Surface Drainage Solutions in the Shepparton Irrigation Region, Northern Victoria

Rachael Bradshaw

17.00 – 17.30

Measuring and demonstrating on-farm irrigation efficiency improvement

Caitlin Pilkington
Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

BREB Revisited - New Technologies


Transparency and information access in water markets certification in the irrigation industry

Damien Heintz
Manager, Water Exchange



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