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

Jeremy Nelson

Project Officer, Natural Resources SAMDB

Jeremy Nelson

Project Officer, Natural Resources SAMDB

Jeremy Nelson is a Project Officer with the organisation Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin. Based in Berri South Australia Jeremy has worked extensively over the past 10 years in the development and implementation of a range of irrigation industry projects throughout the Basin region. Many of these projects have focussed on improving the broader uptake of the usage of improved irrigation scheduling practices and techniques, particularly in the <250 mm annual rainfall zone in the north of the catchment area.

Jeremy currently is implementing project work in the irrigation industry in partnership with the National Landcare Programme in the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region. His background is Certificate Level Viticulture and he has a prior working history as an irrigation systems installer and irrigation manager in the Adelaide Hills wine growing region.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.7

When: Day 3 – Friday, 15 June 2018, 9.00 – 9.30

Abstract Outline: The subject of energy usage in irrigated agriculture frequently draws a mixture of reactions with irrigators. Undoubtedly many of the prevailing major issues such as power supply continuity and retail cost will require a significant amount of resolution at a state and national level. Often however irrigators see the only onus for change on the other side of the fence, but what irrigators need to ask themselves is what capacity they have to optimise their annual power usage profile now?
Secondly, do irrigators understand what, if any are the vagaries of their systems and whether there are a range of options for change that they could undertake? Natural Resources SAMDB has developed 6 case studies of implementing self-auditing methods to enable the pinpointing of where the energy costs are really situated at in an irrigation system.
The results of this work have identified that irrigators need to in many cases to better understand their systems to be in the right position to invest in on site change.

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